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Ender’s Game Trailer Has Swarming Aliens And Battle Room Acrobatics

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Here it is, the first trailer for Ender’s Game, the best-selling novel from of-late-controversial author Orson Scott Card. It’s one of those genre classics that so many of us have read, all of us will inevitably bring our own expectations to the film, and it’s inevitable that much of it isn’t going to line up exactly with what we had playing in the theater of our mind’s eye. All Ender’s Game can strive for is to be the best version of Ender’s Game the filmmaker’s and cast can make. Now that we’ve gotten our first substantial look at it, what do you think?

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Ender’s Game Teaser Gives First Glimpse Of Battle School

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I kind of hate that our collective cultural attention span has diminished to the level that we now have not only teasers for movies, but teasers for teasers of movies. But if I have to live in a world where Hollywood’s marketing strategists are taking tips from Vine, but since it means I got to see the Ender’s Game footage up above today, I’m actually okay with it.

At less than a minute long, there’s not much to see, but what there is, looks friggin’ awesome. Fully half of that runtime is taken up by a sleepy introduction from Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, but they were smart in how they choose to allot that remaining time. We get a few talking heads of Ford as Col. Graff and Sir Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham. But then. Then! Battle room, baby!

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Ben Kingsley As Ender Game’s Mazer Rackham

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Enders Game Ben KingsleySir Ben Kinglsey is about to be all over movie screens—and already is in international theaters—as the villainous Mandarin in the spectacle that is Iron Man 3. With a high-profile role in what is sure to be one of the biggest films of the summer (it has already banked more than $200 million, and hasn’t even opened in the U.S.), the decision to release the first glimpse of Kingsley as Mazer Rackham in Ender’s Game feels like a strategic move.

Directed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine helmer Gavin Hood, Ender’s Game is based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. The story follows a young boy, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), who is recruited to an elite, Moon-orbiting military school. These kids are being groomed as the next wave of leaders who will lead a war against an alien species.

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Ender’s Game Star On How They Filmed The Zero-Gravity Fight Scenes

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Ender's Game Asa ButterfieldOut of everything that we’re excited to see in director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, the one thing everyone is waiting for are the zero-gravity scenes in the Battle Room. The idea of a bunch of kids literally bouncing off the walls, freezing each other, and scheming for victory like burgeoning little despots is pretty exciting. And if the film fails to deliver on this front, it’s going to be difficult for it to live up to the potential in the story.

These are intense, intricate scenes, and, in an interview with io9, star Asa Butterfield (Hugo) has shed some light on how they approached these sequences. The process of filming them sounds just as crazy as the scenes are portrayed in the book. After intense bouts of training and rehearsal, the actors were strapped into harnesses and hoisted into the air.

An astronaut even visited the set to give the actors pointers about what it is like to move, or at least try to, in zero gravity. Butterfield says:

You have to move really slowly…fluidly and smoothly. When you’re in the harnesses to stop yourself from falling at the waist, which is where they’re connected, you have to be tensed up. So keeping actions smooth whilst having your whole body completely tensed is surprisingly difficult. Meanwhile you’re saying your lines. They were fun, they were amazing fun to shoot, especially the sort action moments when you’re flying across shooting your gun. Those are awesome.

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Ender’s Game Trailer To Play Before Star Trek Into Darkness

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We all know by now that May will bring sci-fi fans the highly anticipated explosion of a sequel to J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek reboot. And while that’s fantastic and we all wish it the best, there are some science fiction projects that people have been clamoring for a lot longer than Trekkies had to wait for any of that franchise’s sequels.

Ender’s Game, the long-awaited adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 novel, won’t be out until November 1, 2013, but we now know when we’ll be able to see the first full trailer for it, thanks to producer Roberto Orci’s Twitter account. And you guessed it, it will be shown before Star Trek Into Darkness, which Orci co-wrote with Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. I guess it’s not a bad idea to put your eggs in one basket when there are money-flashing people frothing at the mouth to get the slightest peek at your basket. Check out Orci’s tweet below and join me in mourning the passing of the last remaining hint of journalism in the world.

 

Since Into Darkness won’t release nationwide until May 17th — May 15th in IMAX — it seems highly unlikely, in this world of teasers for previews of theatrical trailers, that we won’t see some kind of footage before that. Though it’ll probably be through a six-second Vine video, or a magic projector ring only found in cereal boxes in Central America. Oh, the days when only two screens ruled our lives.

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Ender’s Game Poster Jumps On The Back-To-You Bandwagon

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We still have to wait until November 1st to lay eyes on director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, but when has a long wait stopped a studio from hyping one of their films? Following that logic, it makes perfect sense to present the first official poster for the highly anticipated movie.

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