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Harrison Ford May Be Graff In Ender’s Game

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We told you two weeks ago that Hugo star Asa Butterfield had been offered the lead role in the bigscreen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic SF novel Ender’s Game. It’s official: Variety is reporting that the deal is done and Butterfield will indeed be playing the young military prodigy Ender Wiggin.

Now the casting rumors turn toward another of the story’s biggest characters: Colonel Hyrum Graff, who is in charge of training Ender and the other young prospects at the International Fleet’s academy to be officers in the war against the insect-like “Buggers.” So who do the filmmakers have their eye on for the role? None other than Harrison Ford.

Viggo Mortensen was previously the front-runner for the role, but that didn’t come together. I could definitely see Mortensen as Graff, but Ford is even better. The prospect of seeing Ford in a proper science fiction flick again is exciting. Sure, sure, he was in Cowboys & Aliens, but I want to see the man back in space, damn it! Even better if he can return to the stars in a dream project like Ender’s Game, which has been in the works it seems nearly since the book came out back in 1985. Besides, the presence of an old vet like Ford might alleviate — somewhat — my reservations about director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

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10 Modern Must-Read Sci-Fi Masterpieces

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Any discussion of science fiction invariably begins and ends with the masters of the genre. Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Frank Herbert, Jerry Pournelle and so on. But what do all of those authors have in common besides their sci-fi prowess? They all did their most significant work before 1980. Ironically for a genre that’s so much about the future, much of our discussion of the great work done within it seems to center around things written in the distant past.

People didn’t suddenly stop writing science fiction novels in 1980. In the past thirty-years a new group of science fiction authors has risen to make their mark on the genre, with their own masterpiece entries into the sci-fi genre. This list is dedicated to those writers, the modern masters who haven’t quite yet taken their place in the pantheon of sci-fi icons, but probably should. If you’re serious about science fiction, or just looking for a great book to read without all the baggage of something written in a long since bygone era, make sure you own a copy of these must-read modern sci-fi masterpieces.

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Ender’s Game Casting Details, Ender Will Be Age 10

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Ender's GameLast month we got word that Hollywood’s movie adaptation of Ender’s Game was moving forward and beginning casting. Now we know exactly what kinds of actors they’re looking for.

A detailed casting call for ten different characters has gone out. That casting call includes nearly every pivotal role in the film. They’re looking for someone to play pretty much all of the kids, including Ender, Bean, Peter, Valentine, Bonzo, Dink, Petra, and Alai.

Here’s the really good news: Ender is still a kid. There was some talk in earlier adaptations of turning the character into a teenager, but they’re keeping him a kid. Specifically the casting call says they’re looking for someone around the age of ten. That’s a little older than Ender is at the start of his stint at Battle School in the book, but it’s a little younger than he is by the end of the book. Casting someone around the age of ten will let them have the same actor play him at different ages, I suspect. A logical move and lightyears better than making him a teen.

The full casting breakdown has been posted at io9. After the jump are a few more highlights from the script pages they uncovered as part of the casting call.

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Ender’s Game Movie Has Orson Scott Card’s Confidence

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We’ve been talking about the possibility of turning author Orson Scott Card’s masterpiece novel Ender’s Game into a movie for nearly a decade now, and nothing has ever really come of it. Every year or so some Hollywood producer tries to get an Ender project going only to have it fizzle out before anything really gets done on the adaptation. The current adaptation which we first told you about here sounds less than ideal, but Card remains optimistic.

Orson Scott Card recently spoke out on the subject of turning his book into a feature film over at Geektyrant. In his letter to the site he sounds confident that the current adaptation iteration will bear fruit, even though he admits “much will be omitted”. To me that’s code for the movie may not be as much like the book… as it ought to be.

The reason for this is obvious: Turning any book about little kids into a proper, adult film is difficult. Child actors are often undependable and filming adult material with children is challenging at best. To make matters worse, the rights to Ender’s Game are currently held by Summit Entertainment, a film studio which now has a lot of money to spend because it made those godawful Twilight movies. The disturbing thing about Summit is that since they made all that Twilight movie money they seem to think this gives them a greenlight to turn every property in their possession into some sort of Twilight clone. Would they do that with Ender? Could they do that with Ender? I don’t know, but Card seems to think everything will be just fine.

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Ender’s Game Movie Begins Casting Process, What Changes Are Being Made To The Characters?

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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.