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.