Hugo Star Offered The Title Role In Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card’s science-fiction novel Ender’s Game has been in Hollywood’s pipeline for a little while now and it seems they may have finally found their star. Asa Butterfield, star of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Hugo has been offered the role of Ender.
Butterfield is 14-years-old, a few year’s ahead of Ender when he begins his journey at the age of six, but started acting at the age of eight. The young actor already has eight films under his belt.
For those not familiar, the story centers around Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an exceptionally brilliant child sent to the psychological minefield that is Battle School as the Earth’s last best hope of defeating an alien race known as the Buggers. Ender’s Game was first published as a novel in 1985 and has spawned eleven novels and ten short stories, including Ender’s Shadow, a novel telling the original story but from the point of view of another character. Marvel made a series of comic books based on the series a few years ago.
Summit Entertainment, put on the map by Twilight, is producing the feature which if successful, could certainly spawn a new franchise for them. Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men: Origins: Wolverine) is already set as the director/writer with a release date of March 15, 2013.
The above image is a slightly older shot of Butterfield, but what do you think of this potential casting? Granted it would be extremely difficult to find an actual six-year-old for the role but I feel like 14 may be too old, especially considering the oncoming growth-spurt.