Earlier today Asa Butterfield confirmed that he would be taking on the role of Ender in the feature film adaptation of Ender's Game. It's now being reported that the producers of the movie want Harrison Ford to take on the part of Colonel Hyrum Graff, which would be awesome! Graff is the Commander of Training for the International Fleet. Producers are also currently looking at other actors for the part so no one is locked down yet. They originally wanted Vggo Mortenson, but unfortunately nothing moved forward with it. I would absolutely love it if Ford ended up taking on this role.
Here's a bit more detail on the character of Colonel Hyrum Graff, and how he does things.
He is a manipulative Colonel who is in charge of the Battle School. He recruits Ender, and embarks on a carefully formulated plan to make Ender the commander of the human forces for the Third Formic War. This plan includes carefully isolating Ender from both his peers and his superiors. Graff believes this isolation is necessary so that Ender will never be deluded into thinking that anyone will bail him out in his battles with the buggers.
The film is set up at Summit Entertainment and they have scheduled the movie to be released on March 15th 2013. Do you want to see Ford take on this role in Ender's Game?
Here's a full description of the the classic 1985 Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
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