ENDER'S GAME - First Look at Ben Kingsley as Mazer
Here's our first look at Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham in the Gavin Hood-directed adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. Rackham trains Ender in the movie. The image was released in anticipation of the first trailer for the movie which is set to be released on May 7th. Here's what Kingsley had to say about the character in an interview with EW,
In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery. There’s quite a lot said about him in the story before you see him — by the recruits and by his fellow officers — and that’s useful as far as preparations.
He goes on to talk about the tattoo on his face saying,
Every gesture in the tattoo carries family history, family struggles – it’s your past. I was so enthralled. He’s in quite a contained, stylized uniform but then this wonderful face tells his warrior history.
The movie also stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy, and Khylin Rhambo.
The movie is set to be released in theaters in IMAX on November 1st, 2013.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.