Both boast absolutely stellar casts, and though many eyes will be on Divergent, in the hopes of catching the first footage from the film at the convention, Ender’s Game is very much abuzz, given that it hits a good few months earlier, before the end of the year.
We saw a very impressive first teaser trailer launched back in the spring, introducing us to this new world. And on the eve of Comic-Con, Summit have released a new Battle School recruitment video, along with six new character posters, coming via Fandango and moviefone.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Asa Butterfield takes the lead role of Ender himself, with Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, and Brandon Soo Hoo starring alongside him.
Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is directing from his own script, based on the original novel by Orson Scott Card.
Whilst I’m not exactly taken by the names of some of these institutions – ‘International Military’, ‘Battle School’, and ‘Command School’ aren’t the most creative of names – the look of the film that we’ve seen so far has very much been intriguing, and we’re hoping to see more over the weekend.
Ender’s Game is set to be released on 25th October here in the UK, followed by a November 1st release date in the States. And if you think you have what it takes, then you can head over to take the Aptitude Test on the viral marketing site.