‘Ender’s Game’ trailer delivers explosive imagery, Harrison Ford

Aug. 06, 2013 | 10:36 a.m.

Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Asa Butterfield in a scene from "Ender's Game." (Summit Entertainment)

Harrison Ford, center, and Asa Butterfield, right, in a scene from "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman Jr. / Summit Entertainment)

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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9 Responses to ‘Ender’s Game’ trailer delivers explosive imagery, Harrison Ford

  1. RomanHans says:

    "[A]nti-gay-marriage remarks made by Card"? That's kind of an understatement. Card has taken an active role in the fight against gay rights since 2004, joining the board of the hate group National Organization for Marriage in the process. According to recent "remarks" he's only stopped fighting equality for gays because his side lost.

    • Dean says:

      I'm a supporter of gay rights, but I don't see why this is a big deal.

      As you said, he's stopped fighting since his side lost. He has the right to say and argue for whatever he wants (even after a decision is reached, for that matter), but now that a decision has been reached, he's stopped fighting against it and is respecting the decision.

      I guess I don't see the problem.

    • @txnicole says:

      Hate goes two ways. What you are calling hate another person calls something else. Don't make the mistake of being hateful and exclusionary in the process of being angry at someone for those exact things.

  2. Crow Bite says:

    It is a shame that Orson Scott Card is such a hateful bigot, as I loved the Ender's Game book dearly while growing up.

    • F*ckhouse says:

      I see no reason for a now known completely irrational and morally perverse point of view expressed by an author to affect your love of a piece of writing.

  3. shanedr says:

    I hope this trailer really shows the quality of the movie. I have waited years for Hollywood to have the technology to do adequate justice to Ender's Game.

  4. @txnicole says:

    The trailer looks awesome – definitely an appealing movie.

    On the gay remarks — who cares. People are allowed to have opinions and viewpoints in this world which other people may or may not disagree with. They're even (gasp!) allowed to vote their own personal opinions and lobby for causes important to them.

  5. @dbucciar says:

    Card is entitled to his opinion and to support whatever organizations he decides. By the same token you are free not to buy his books, go to the movie, etc. What's the problem here?

  6. Jenn says:

    Hey folks, we still live in a country where everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and opinions, regardless if they are"politically correct or not. The story is great, enjoy it and let it go at that. Card may hsve religious or moral feelings as do many others in regards to the gay question. , and he has every right to support whatever side of the matter he feels strongly about. His books have always(to me) promoted tolerance and acceptance of differences between humans and the possible alien intelligences we may someday have the chance to encounter. I am pretty tired of the intolerance of people who think that their opinions are the only one that matters, and call others names if they don't agree . Talk about hateful!

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