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Hugo Star Offered The Title Role In Ender’s Game

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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.

(via Deadline)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."