November 14, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
British actor Asa Butterfield, 16, is in talks to join Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver in Benaroya Pictures’s forthcoming indie comedy “King of the Castle,” according to The Wrap.
The film will mark the directorial debuts of Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, whose notable screenwriting credits include their short-lived NBC comedy “Animal Practice” and David Gordon Green’s 2011 comedy “The Sitter.”
As reported by The Tracking Board, “King of the Castle” will follow a middle-aged boat salesman who is blackmailed by a teenager with evidence of his extramarital affair. Owen is set to play the middle-aged man, while Weaver’s character remains unknown. If Butterfield signs on, he will play role of the teenage foil.
Butterfield first made a name for himself as the star of Mark Herman’s 2008 World War II drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” opposite Vera Farmiga. The role earned him a Most Promising Newcomer nomination at the British Independent Film Awards. He went on to nab supporting roles in Susanna White’s family comedy “Nanny McPhee Returns” and Joe Johnston’s thriller “The Wolfman.”
Most recently, Butterfield earned leading roles in Martin Scorcese’s fantasy epic “Hugo” with Chloe Mortetz and Gavin Hood’s sci-fi adaptation “Ender’s Game” with Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford. Next up, he stars alongside Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan Morgan Matthews’s drama “X Plus Y.”
November 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
There are so many ways an adaptation of “Ender’s Game” could have gone wrong. The book is beloved and genre fans are notoriously hard to please. Entrusting the fate of a big budget blockbuster to child actors is always a gamble. Space-set sci-fi movies can end up looking generic and indistinguishable from others. Etc. Etc. So it’s a pleasant surprise to be able to say that Gavin Hood exceeded expectations on his adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi classic, a cool, fun and original-looking film that doesn’t delve too deep but is entertaining as hell.
October 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hailee Steinfeld took Hollywood by storm when she came out of nowhere to land the lead in the Coens’ 2010 Western remake “True Grit” and ended up being nominated for an Oscar for her very first role at age 14. She’s laid low since, but in 2013 she’s back with a vengeance and this Friday she’ll be seen opposite Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in “Ender’s Game,” the long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic.
The film turned out fantastic, avoiding all the pitfalls it had laid before it on the road to being shown in front of audiences, and Steinfeld (along with Butterfield) took the time to talk to some jouranlists a few weeks ago about “Ender’s Game,” what she’s been up to since “True Grit” and those Oscar night memories. Below is a transcript of our chat.
October 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Ender’s Game” has been a long time coming. The Orson Scott Card book, first published in 1985, is a sci-fi classic and the author has been trying to get it made into a movie since pretty much its publication. While one incarnation after another fell apart, in 2011 it all seemed to fall into place. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the “Twilight” franchise, picked it up, attached director Gavin Hood (who adapted the screenplay himself despite Card having given it a go himself over the years) and cast rising young actors like Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin to play the children at the center of the story, and heavyweights like Harrison Ford and Viola Davis to support them.
The resulting film is a pleasant surprise – especially if taking into consideration how many ways such an undertaking could have gone wrong – fun and cool and entertaining as hell. As “Ender’s Game” gets set to hit theaters on Friday, we had a chance to speak with the cast to get their take on the film, their experiences thus far in Hollywood, and more. First up: Ender Wiggins himself, Asa Butterfield.
October 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The child soldier angle of “Ender’s Game” gets hammered home hard in the first clip released today from Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s seminal sci-fi novel.
Asa Butterfield plays Ender Wiggins, who lives in a futuristic earth that’s been invaded by aliens called Formics. Ender is one of the chosen youngsters attending Battle School, where they are trained to wage virtual battles against the aliens. Ender is seen here looking barely old enough to be standing at attention in front of Harrison Ford‘s Hyrum Graff, given a promotion and his own army, despite his apparent penchant for pissing off authority figures. Teenagers!
“Ender’s Game”, also starring Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, will be released on November 1st and the first clip can be viewed below.
October 3, 2013 | Posted by Melanie Abernathy
Asa Butterfield is caught in action in these brand new stills and IMAX poster for upcoming sci-fi adventure “Ender’s Game.” The photos also include a better look at the incredibly talented Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Petra, as she works tensely on the ship guided by Butterfield’s character Ender.
Based on the seminal sci fi novel of the same title by controversial figure Orson Scott Card, the Gavin Hood directed film follows a young boy with special talents who is sought out and sent to a military school in space to help fight a war against aliens. Harrison Ford plays the stern Colonel Hyrum Graff, one of Ender’s training instructors in the space school, with Viola Davis on board as Major Anderson and Abigail Breslin playing Ender’s protective older sister Valentine.
The film is set to release on November 1st, but until then you can check out the futuristic photos below!
September 16, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Summit has released two new propaganda-style posters for Gavin Hood‘s “Ender’s Game” that asks the viewer to choose between humanity versus an alien domination.
Just the latest in a string of upcoming young adult novel adaptations, “Ender’s Game” has the potential to follow in the footsteps of successful franchises such as “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.” Although it has received negative buzz over its author’s anti-LGBT activism, the film’s premise combined with its stellar cast – which includes Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigial Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Harrison Ford – should prove something of a draw.
Based on the 1985 science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, “Ender’s Game” takes place in a futuristic setting where an alien race known as the Formics have threatened the earth. Humanity’s only hope for survival is surprisingly in the form of child soldiers. Among the youth training in Battle School is Ender Wiggin (Butterfield), a shy boy who steps up to every physical and mental challenge to win the trust of Colonel Hyrum Graff (Ford). Ender is promoted to join Command School where he is mentored by the legendary Commander Mazer Rackham (Kingsley) to prepare for the next invasion.
Will “Ender’s Game” draw in enough audiences and critical acclaim to warrant a sequel? Or will it underwhelm like the recent attempts with “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “The Host”? We’ll soon find out since it arrives in theaters on November 1.
In the meantime, check out the most recent trailer and new posters below!
August 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The second and final trailer for Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” has been released, and things are getting real for Asa Butterfield.
Set in a futuristic world where the human race has been all but wiped out by a race of bug-like aliens called Formics, the government recruits the best and brightest children to attend Battle School, where they are trained in the art of war through a series of games, including one in an anti-gravity Battle Room. Butterfield plays Ender Wiggins, whose brilliance causes him to be promoted to Command School to act as a leader of children’s armies to “simulated” wars against the alien Formics, to largely successful outcomes. Hailee Steinfeld has an expanded supporting role as Petra, the only girl at the Command School, and Abigail Breslin plays Ender’s protective older sister. Meanwhile, the adults, played by Harrison Ford and Viola Davis, are just sitting back and leaving the planet-saving to the kids. Hopefully the movie will explain why.
“Ender’s Game” will be released on November 1st, and you can watch the final trailer below.
August 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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We are about three months away from the release of the big screen adaptation of best-selling but controversy-bogged “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card and the final marketing push is now underway. The final poster for the sci-fi epic has debuted, and a :30 preview of the final trailer, dropping tomorrow morning, has also been released. Gavin Hood directed the adaptation trying its best to distance itself from its original creator, while Harrison Ford, as the movie’s sole star attraction, is front and center in the new footage.
Set in a futuristic world where the human race has been all but wiped out by a race of bug-like aliens called Formics, the government recruits the best and brightest children to attend Battle School, where they are trained in the art of war through a series of games, including one in an anti-gravity Battle Room. Asa Butterfield plays Ender Wiggins, whose brilliance causes him to be promoted to Command School to act as a leader of children’s armies to “simulated” wars against the alien Formics, to largely successful outcomes. Hailee Steinfeld has an expanded supporting role as Petra, the only girl at the Command School, and Abigail Breslin plays Ender’s protective older sister.
“Ender’s Game” will be released on November 1st, and you can see the final poster plus a bit of the final trailer below. Check back tomorrow morning for the whole thing.
July 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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The youth-driven powerhouse duo of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are the first to announce film panels at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, now just a few short weeks away. Not surprisingly, Young Adult adaptation franchises dominate their lineup, with “Divergent” and “Ender’s Game” kicking things off with panels on Thursday, July 18th and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” keeping things going on Saturday, July 20th.
On Thursday, “Divergent” is bringing nearly its entire cast – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort and more – as well as author Veronica Roth to its panel, where the first footage from the movie will be screened as well. “Ender’s Game”, not to be outdone, will be represented by cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. We’ve seen footage from this movie before, but fans will get another kind of exclusive with a Fan Experience exhibit at the convention.
On Saturday, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will debut a brand new trailer from the film, but the main attraction will probably be the cast in attendance. They are careful not to confirm anyone specifically, but the majority of convention goers will probably be hoping to see newly minted Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss Everdeen herself – who’s never attended Comic-Con before – in person. The Lionsgate panel will also feature brand new footage from “I, Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhart and Jai Courtney.
See below for the official releases and more info on these panels, in booth events, and more.