‘Ender’s Game’ trailer teases outer space spectacle, Mazer Rackham

May 07, 2013 | 2:33 p.m.
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Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Asa Butterfield in a scene from "Ender's Game." (Summit Entertainment)

endersgame Enders Game trailer teases outer space spectacle, Mazer Rackham

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

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.

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14 Responses to ‘Ender’s Game’ trailer teases outer space spectacle, Mazer Rackham

  1. John La says:

    WTF at the last scene. Other than that, it looks great. Lovin' Harrison Ford no matter what he does. He stopped aging like 20 years ago.

  2. Henry says:

    Thanks for pointing out that the trailer contains a *major* spoiler. Saved me from spoiling the movie.

  3. I.R. Edjumakated says:

    Having read all of the books that went along with Enders Game it is easy to spot the spoiler, but HAVING READ ALL THE BOOKS I can honestly say that there is some much more to the story. This can easily have multiple sequels.

  4. platypus says:

    Am I the only one that’s sort of upset that they seem to have left the deceptIon and manIpulatIon of Battle School out of the movIes? The maIn poInt of the story was always the tradgedy of the kIds beIng used by adults, and beIng powerless to stop It even though they knew It was happenIng. It should be a heartbreakIng tradgedy, not an actIon movIe. Also, sInce when does Graff “guIde” Ender?

  5. marcules says:

    If you read the books, and they keep consistent with the plot, the spoiler really isn't a spoiler. Think about it.

  6. Lewis says:

    Ender was much younger in the first Bugger war….how much else did the movie change from the book?

    • ramal says:

      Ender wasn't born yet during the first bugger war and the seen is likely from the beginning of the movie where they will be explaining whats going on for the people who have never read the books

      • Tyler says:

        The director needed to adjust Ender's age to compensate for the Ender's mental abilities as well as 'Beans'. We don't have genetically modified super genious 6 year olds and any forced representation of them would be just plain tacky. :)

    • Neuro_dave says:

      No six year old actor could convey the kind of intelligence that Ender, and Bean, as well as the rest of the kids, are supposed to have in the books. That in and of itself would ruin the movie. Asa Butterfield was a good choice for the roll. Nathan Gamble might have been better. Depends on how hard they push the peter and Valentine story in the US. I dont think Ender's British accent will make much sense with American siblings.

  7. mike says:

    NOT A SPOILER AT THE END – – think about it folks . . . for those that don't know the ending, they'll never know what they're seeing in the trailer. When they get to that point in the movie, THINK ABOUT IT . . . what exactly is it that they think they'll be seeing at that specific moment? It's really not a spoiler if you know what I mean.

    • tim says:

      I though the MD device/ little Dr was more like a bomb (see children of the mind and ender’s shadow) the laser used in the trailer looked like the Glaser used by the asteroid miners in earth unaware.

  8. Tyler says:

    My minds eye and the directors seem to be in sync. We are in for a treat so far as I can tell. :)

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