Adaptations of Orson Scott Card's 1985 sci-fi novel have been attempted time and again over the years, but Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood is the director who finally made Ender's Game happen, working from a screenplay that he himself wrote.
In order to properly lather up audiences for the November 1st release, Summit Entertainment has unveiled a trio of mock propaganda posters. For fans of the book, these three posters provide good looks at several elements of the story, from the first Formic War to the Battle Room costumes to the Battle School itself. For the uninitiated, the posters actually set up some rudimentary story stuff pretty cleanly.
The first establishes that humanity survived an encounter with an extraterrestrial force and is determined to stomp alien ass when and if it happens again. The second sets up that the International Fleet is focused on training youngsters to lead the space military in the next Formic encounter. And the third shows the orbital academy where the brightest kids of Earth are shipped in the first phase of their martial education.
Asa Butterfield, who proved his mettle as the lead in Hugo, stars as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a child whose unique combination of tactical brilliance, charisma, and compassion make him a messianic figure in the International Fleet, the brass's best hope of training the leader who will vanquish their alien enemy.
Harrison Ford, meanwhile, plays the second lead, Colonel Graff. Butterfield's Hugo compatriot Ben Kingsley lends support as Mazer Rackham, the soldier who almost singlehandedly won the first Formic War. The rest of the supporting cast includes ringers like Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin, Academy Award nominees all around.