At the beginning of the month it was reported that Harrison Ford was wanted to take on the role of Colonel Hyram Graff in the Gavin Hood directed adaptation of Ender's Game. Today I'm excited to tell you that Ford is officially signed on to star in the movie! It was also announced that Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) was cast in the film along with a few actors I've never heard of before Aramis Knight, Moises Arias, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy, Conor Carroll and Khylin Rhambo.
Ford's character, Colonel Hyram Graff is in charge of training the young recruits at an elite military academy. Variety also reveals that Breslin will play Valentine Wiggin, Ender's older sister. They will join the previously cast of Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as ender and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Petra Arkanian, Ender's ally and trusted right hand.
Summit Entertainment is co-financing with Oddlot Entertainment and they will release the film in the U.S. on March 15th 2013. What are your thoughts on Ford being officially cast 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.