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.