We heard rumors a few weeks ago that Harrison Ford was being considered to play the pivotal role of Colonel Hyram Graff in director Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Ender’s Game. Now they’ve stopped considering him and have actually hired him. It’s official: Harrison Ford is playing Graff in Ender.
The news comes from Variety where they say Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld have also been signed along with lesser known youngsters Aramis Knight, Moises Arias, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy, Conor Carroll and Khylin Rhambo.
Abigail Breslin will play Valentine Wiggun, Ender’s older sister and his emotional center. Hailee Steinfeld is Petra Arkanian, one of the most trusted members of Ender’s jeesh (his platoon) at Battle School. And of course Harrison Ford’s Colonel Graff is kind of like Battle School’s headmaster. He recruits the students and oversees everything that happens there.
Perhaps even more important than any of those big name casting items, though, is that they’ve hired someone to play Bean. Bean is the only student at Battle School who may be clearly smarter than Ender (being played by Hugo’s Asa Butterfield), and he’s also the smallest kid there. Due to some strange genetics, he’s abnormally small for his age. Casting the most brilliant, pint-sized kid in the universe has to be pretty challenging and they’ve gone with relative unknown Aramis Knight to play him.
Here’s what Aramis Knight looks like…
Aramis is 12 years old, older than Bean is supposed to be at the start of the book, but they’re casting all of these kids older likely assuming its easier for them to play younger than for a younger kid to play older. There’s no data on how tall he is, hopefully not very, unless they’re planning some sort of Hobbity forced perspective tricks with him.