The final trailer for “Ender’s Game” has debuted, arriving with plenty of dramatic visuals, explosive space spectacle and a great deal of Harrison Ford.
Set for release Nov. 1, the sci-fi film, directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), adapts Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel and takes place in a future in which an alien race known as the Formics has attacked Earth. Asa Butterfield plays Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy recruited to help humanity face future threats — his abilities are honed through special tactical training he receives at Battle School.
The new clip opens with Ford, who plays the film’s Colonel Hyrum Graff, explaining over scenes of striking landscapes, “When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us. They will be back.”
Ford’s voice serves as the through-line for the trailer, and the actor also can be seen as Graff facing off against Ben Kingsley’s Mazer Rackham.
“Ender’s Game” has been marked by controversy over anti-gay-marriage remarks made by Card, but the filmmakers and distributor Lionsgate have taken pains to distance the movie from those views.
Producer Bob Orci used the Hall H stage at last month’s Comic-Con International to offer his impassioned support for LGBT rights.
“I would hate to see the efforts of all the people who made this movie thwarted for the less than 1% of the people behind the movie, particularly because the message of the book and the movie is tolerance, compassion and empathy,” Orci said.
“Ender’s Game” also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis.
— Gina McIntyre
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