Game On: Watch the First Trailer for the Upcoming ‘Ender’s Game’ Adaptation

In elementary school and junior high, I ran with a social circle that some would probably diplomatically call "the indoor kids." We read a lot, specifically a lot of sci-fi and fantasy. The Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien repertoires were favorites, as was Orson Scott Card’s Ender series. And, today, the first trailer for an upcoming adaptation Card’s futuristic child-soldiers-at-war classic Ender’s Game is sending those who were sci-fi-loving bookworms in their youth (and also now, let’s be real) into a frenzy.

And what kid wouldn’t be into it? It has adventure, relatable tweens as the main characters and an engaging story. But then we grew up and learned more about Orson Scott Card and all of the horrible and upsetting things he actually believes, and that made us sad and should be kept in mind in all the hype, and there are important conversations to be had about this matter. But Card’s beliefs and politics aside, the Ender books remain popular and fans have probably been waiting for quite a while to see what an adaptation would look like. 

In this world of glittering spacecrafts and explosions, Asa Butterfield, who we last saw in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed Hugo, is our Ender Wiggin, a kid who gets picked on at school but has immense intelligence and ability. And he shares the screen with a pretty stacked cast: Harrison Ford comes in as the leader of the battle school, Colonel Graff, Sir Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham, Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson, Hailee Steinfeld as Petra and Abigail Breslin as Ender’s sister, Valentine. Ender’s Game will be released in theatres on November 1st, 2013, which is a long way away. In the meantime, watch the trailer below. 

Five Of Your Favorite Novels Head To The Big Screen in 2013

With a slew of new page-to-popcorn films in the works, here’s a look at what will be making its way onto the silver screen next year.

THÉRÈSE

French writer Émile Zola’s novel-turned-play Thérèse Raquin has been adapted for the screen many times, but this December we’ll get a taste of director Charlie Stratton’s take on the haunting classic. The psychological tale of affaires de coeur and betrayal centers on Thérèse, a young woman forcibly married to her first cousin, who soon begins a turbulent affair with her husband’s friend. After the lovers conspire to murder her husband, they find themselves haunted by his ghost as their love turns to fiery rage. Elizabeth Olsen takes the reins as Thérèse, with Jessica Lange, Tom Felton, and Oscar Isaac adding to the cast of tortured characters.

CARRIE

After Brian De Palma released his cult-classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel in 1976, who knew there needed to be another one? But as Hollywood is wont to do, audiences are in store for a new spin on the bloody story of a shy high school outcast who taps into her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on her bullying schoolmates. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the film stars budding ingénue Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role alongside Julianne Moore and Judy Greer in the new adaptation of one of the most frequently banned books in the U.S.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Like a boat against the current “borne back ceaselessly into the past,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most celebrated work of obsession and tragedy will make its way to the screen once again this spring. The long-awaited adaptation will reunite director Baz Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio, as Gatsby, and stars Carey Mulligan as his unattainable love, Daisy. After being pushed from its December release to May, anticipation for the film has only increased, with audiences wondering just what Luhrmann’s theatrical aesthetic will add to the beloved tale.

THE SEVENTH SON

Adapted from Joseph Delaney’s 2004 children’s novel, The Spook’s Apprentice, this 18th Century adventure film centers around a mystical young boy, Thomas, who becomes an apprentice to the local Spook (a cloaked man who travels the country fighting evil spirits for those who cannot) in order to learn the supernatural trade. Directed by Sergei Bodrov, the film will star The Chronicles of Narnia’s Ben Barnes in the lead role, with Julianne Moore as a cannibalistic, mischievous witch named Mother Malkin. Jeff Bridges and Alicia Vikander also join the cast.

ENDER’S GAME

Orson Scott Card’s science fiction thriller has been inching its way to the screen for years. First published in 1977 as a short story, the futuristic tale of alien warfare and adventure is set to hit theaters in November. Featuring Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin, the film tells the story of a gifted boy sent to a space-based military school to prepare for an alien invasion. The sci-fi classic will be directed by actor/director Gavin Hood, who leads Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley into the dystopian future.

Asa Butterfield to Star in ‘Ender’s Game’

Nerd alert! The producers behind the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 sci-fi bestseller Ender’s Game have found their Ender: Asa Butterfield.

Deadline reports that 14-year-old, currently starring in Martin Scorcese’s family flick Hugo (which opens next week), will play the titular character in the sci-fi epic that takes place in a not-so-distant future in which children on Earth are recruited to train and battle against an alien lifeforce that nearly wipes out humankind. The film, which Ender fans have been awaiting for years (it was buzzed about among the nerds in my middle school when we read it back in the mid ’90s), will be directed by Gavin Hood, the director of Wolverine.

Card’s award-winning novel sparked a slew of sequels, and if the film adaptation of Ender’s Game is successful, crossing over to fans of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, it could start a franchise of its own. With the end of the Twilight saga fast approaching, and The Hunger Games being only a trilogy, a series of films based on popular and critically acclaimed books is certainly likely. 

Ender’s Game is currently slated for a 2013 release.