Gavin Hood’s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic, Ender’s Game, is still a long way off. We won’t lay eyes on the film until November 1, just in time to usher in end-of-the-year blockbuster season. But just because we’re months out, and have most of a summer’s worth of big movies to wade through, doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start the hype machine. In that spirit, take a look at this latest picture from Ender’s Game.
This photograph, which comes from the film’s Facebook page, has a definite Sears Portrait Studio vibe. Composition wise, stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield are posed much like a family portrait. They also look miserable, like most people having their pictures taken. Butterfield—who plays the titular Andrew “Ender” Wiggan, a young but strategically gifted military mind—has a vacant look on his face, staring off into the distance.
For his part, Ford—in the role of Colonel Graff, the headmaster of the underage military academy that recruits Ender—looks like something smells bad. Perhaps the next group in line has a baby with a poop-filled diaper. That’s the expression on his face in this image. All in all, it seems like a strange choice. Then again, they didn’t ask me.
We do get a nice look at Ender’s battle uniform, the get-up he wears when he leads his fellow recruits into the intense zero-gravity exercises at the Battle School. It looks something like a futuristic motorcycle outfit. Scuttlebutt around the Internet is that the film has taken some liberties with the source material, making substantial changes, but what we’ve seen so far admittedly looks pretty damn cool.
Ender leads a cast that also includes Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Moises Arias, Viola Davis, Brandon Soo Hoo, Khylin Rhambo, and Nonso Anozie into battle this fall.