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[Movies] First Photo Released For Ender's Game
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.05.2012

EW.com has the first official photo for Ender's Game, which is based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. The film is directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and will be released on November 1, 2013. Lionsgate has already launched a Facebook page.

The photo shows Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Ender with other new recruits (called Launchies) in the Battle School. Also in the photo is Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, as he questions him on if his emails to home are being blocked. In the novel, Ender was never sure if Graff was manipulating him or if he saw potential in him and wanted to build it.

Here are highlights of EW's interview with Gavin Hood:

On the relationship between Butterfield and Ford: "The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close, but he didn't overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there."

On the challenges of filming with children: "The kids have to attend school for at least three hours of class every day, plus do homework, so you can only shoot with someone like Asa for five hours of your day. There was no time for fooling about or not knowing your lines or being unprepared. Asa being prepared meant that we could focus on the scenes, and these are complicated scenes for a young actor."

On the Launchies being older than they were in the novel (where they were six): "I discussed this at length with Orson. The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely. When you sit down for two hours, you're just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you're bonding with someone who's meant to be the same person, but you know he's a different actor."

On being faithful to the book: "I am a fan, and I have had a desire to do this and have been working on this now for nearly four years." That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book. I promise you that it is very much there."


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