It looks like the Ender’s Game movie is going to start moving forward at a rapid pace. Of course, a project of this magnitude will require a great deal of time to get right. But the Gavin Hood directed feature film has sent out casting calls a few weeks ago, and now we’re getting the first information about what to expect from the movie.
This being an early version of the script we can expect that things will change, and while Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe) penned the current script there’s no guarantee their vision will remain throughout production. io9 has an exclusive look at the casting call info for 10 major characters. The information includes details on the plot and character changes being made, so if you want no spoilers about the book or movie you should consider not reading the abundance of spoilers found here.
The best news is that Ender Wiggin will be ten in the movie, rather than a young adult or teen as was rumored long ago. It’s important to the story and message that Ender be a child. Bean seems to be almost an afterthought from the commentary over at io9, I’m hoping that Bean’s importance is not understated.
Bonzo Madrid and Petra appear to be almost exactly like the book versions, with Bonzo being the overconfident moron who doesn’t realize when he’s outclassed and Petra filling the role of support system for Ender when it seems everyone turns from him.
Valentine is fairly consistent with what I remember, but the mention of Peter Wiggin being a full on psychopath has me worried. What was, to me, a very challenging and interesting character may be reduced to a simple antagonist role. Not that Peter needs to play any bigger part in the film, but I always thought that Peter’s genius was that he understand as much as Valentine how humans think. He put that knowledge to work for his benefit, but also because he believes he can make mankind better. He’s not a good person, but there’s more to Peter than just being the bad guy. Sociopath, maybe…but out of control psychopath? I hope not.
We’ll have to wait to get confirmation on what will actually be in the Ender’s Game movie, but it looks like that day is approaching fast. The real question is who should be cast as Ender, Bean, Valentine, Peter, Graff, Bean, Bonzo, et al.
Ender’s Game is tentatively scheduled to release sometime in 2013.