The new trailer for “Ender’s Game” received a prominent rollout online Tuesday afternoon, with director Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), producer Robert Orci and star Asa Butterfield participating in a Google+ hangout that coincided with the premiere of the promotional spot for the sci-fi adventure adapted from the novel by Orson Scott Card.
Set in a near future in which an alien race known as the Formics have attacked Earth, the movie stars Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy who’s recruited to help humanity face future threats.
Guided in his growth by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), Ender advances from Battle School to Command School and soon finds himself under the tutelage of the legendary Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley, the Oscar-winning actor who’s getting a lot of screen time in fantastic films these days).
“They know our strategies. They’ve learned our weaknesses, and the alien attack nearly destroyed us,” Ford’s Graff explains in voiceover. “That must never be allowed to happen again.”
The clip features war footage between the human race and the aliens, known in the book as “buggers,” with fighter jets fending off the invading horde and outer space explosions. Also featured in the trailer is an emotional moment between Ender and his sister Valentine (Abigail Breslin).
Readers might recognize one of the final images in the clip as an especially climactic moment from the novel (one so important it could be considered a major spoiler, an interesting inclusion in the first trailer for the movie).
The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld as another battle school recruit, Petra, and Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson.
“Ender’s Game” opens Nov. 1.
— Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark
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