'Ender's Game' Actually Begins Production in New Orleans

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 09:53 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Ender's Game' Actually Begins Production in New Orleans

Good news, everyone.  Ender's Game has actually, really, for realsies begun principal photography.  The adaptation of Orson Scott Card's beloved science fiction novel, which has been attempted as a film by a number of different companies and creative teams, has commenced production under the direction of Gavin Hood.  According to an official press release, the production is underway in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The big-budget affair, the visual effects for which are being overseen by co-producer Digital Domain, began filming on Monday at the Big Easy Studios in new Orleans, where it's scheduled to continue through June 8th. 

Hood is working from his own screenplay.  Star Trek and Transformers writing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing but had no hand in actually crafting the script, it seems.  The press release revealed some of the behind the scenes names involved, as well, including costume designer Christine Bieselin Clark, who co-designed the outfits in TRON: Legacy and worked with Gavin Hood previously on X-Men Origins: WolverineSean Haworth and Ben Procter, of The Thing and Transformers: Dark of Moon are on board as production designers.

Also reteaming with his X-Men Origins: Wolverine director is cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and Oscar nominee whose credits include Moulin Rouge!, Peter Pan, Predator, Romeo + Juliet, The Edge, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

While fans of the novel are familiar with the story, the press release also thoughtfully summed up the novel with an official synopsis of the eventual film:

"In the near future, a hostile alien race (Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of 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 Fleet (IF) 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. Ender easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers at Battle School. Ordained by Graff as the IF's next great hope, Ender is promoted to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and humankind."

Asa Butterfield, who just starred as the title character in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, is playing Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin, with his Hugo co-star Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham and Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff.  Viola Davis, nominated for an Oscar on account of her role in The Help, is playing military psychologist Major Anderson.  The rest of the cast includes fellow Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin, along with youngsters such as Aramis Knight, Suraj Parthasarathy, Moises Arias, Khylin Rhambo, and Conor Carroll.

Ender's Game is set to hit theaters on March 25, 2013.

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