Ender's Game is an upcoming American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Directed and written by Gavin Hood, the film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. The cast also includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
The film will first be released in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 25, 2013, followed by release in ten other countries on October 30 and 31 (among them Australia and New Zealand), before it hits the US theatres on November 1, 2013.
During production of the film, Card drew controversy over his views on same-sex marriage, including a boycott by the online group Geeks Out. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Defense of Marriage Act and California Proposition 8, in July, Card stated that the gay marriage issue was now moot and that supporters of same-sex marriage should show more tolerance toward those who disagreed with them. Producer Roberto Orci said that the movie should be judged on its message, not the personal beliefs of the original author.
After an alien race called the Formics (also known as the "Buggers") attacks Earth, the International Fleet prepare for the next invasion by training the best young children to find the future leader to lead the International Military. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his Earth school to join International Fleet and attend the legendary Battle School in Space. After easily mastering the increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect among his peers, Ender is soon ordained by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) himself to lead the military into a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.
- Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.
- Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff.
- Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin
- Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian
- Aramis Knight as Bean
- Moises Arias as Bonzo
- Jimmy Pinchak as Peter Wiggin
- Suraj Parthasarathy as Alai
- Conor Carroll as Bernard
- Khylin Rhambo as Dink
- Brandon Soo Hoo as Fly Molo
- Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.
- Viola Davis as Major Anderson
- Caleb J. Thaggard as Stilson.
- Stevie Ray Dallimore as John Paul Wiggin
- Andrea Powell as Theresa Wiggin
- Nonso Anozie as Sergeant Dap
- Dee Bradley Baker as TBA (voice)
- Orson Scott Card as Pilot (voice cameo)