‘Ender’s Game’ TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Sept. 26, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.
endersgame6 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

endersgame8 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Director Gavin Hood and actors Suraj Partha and Asa Butterfield on the set of "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

endersgame4 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

endersgame Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

endersgame1 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)

endersgame press Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld attend a promotional event for "Ender's Game" in San Diego during Comic-Con International on July 17. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images)

endersgame press2 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield attend a promotional event for "Ender's Game" in San Diego during Comic-Con International on July 17. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

endersgame comiccon4 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld speak onstage during Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 18. (Joe Scarnici / Getty Images)

endersgame comiccon3 Enders Game TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Director Gavin Hood onstage during Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 18. (Joe Scarnici / Getty Images)

A new TV spot for “Ender’s Game” is light on dialogue but heavy on space battle action scenes.

The one-minute trailer, released Thursday, begins with a series of explosions, on Earth and in the sky, as Harrison Ford’s Col. Hyrum Graff voice sets up the story.

“When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us,” he says.

The film, based on the award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel of the same name, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a genius Battle School recruit, groomed by the International Fleet, a global government and military organization, to fend off an alien threat.

“We need minds like yours, Ender,” Graff tells him in the trailer. “You will be the one to save mankind.”

Directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), “Ender’s Game” also stars Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. The actors are featured in a new movie poster, also released Thursday.

(Summit Entertainment)

(Summit Entertainment)

“Ender’s Game” has been ramping up its publicity campaign leading to its Nov. 1 theatrical debut, releasing International Fleet propaganda posters and videos, a Battle School aptitude test and an online game in which “Ender’s Game” fans enlist as cadets, join a Battle School army and compete in a simulated battle room to unlock new content on the International Fleet website.

The film has generated some controversy after gay rights groups have called for boycotts, due to author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay-marriage stance. In response, the “Ender’s Game” filmmakers and Summit Entertainment have distanced themselves from Card, emphasizing the film’s positive themes.

“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,” producer Bob Orci told the audience for the “Ender’s Game” panel presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

RECENT AND RELATED

Hailee Steinfeld in a banner for "Ender's Game." (Summit Entertainment)‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Divergent’ unveil new photos

‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on sci-fi battle sequences

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

‘Ender’s Game’ producer says movie is about tolerance

‘Ender’s Game’ recruits for Battle School with new video

Orson Scott Card and Superman: Stoking fan rage

‘Ender’s Game’: Battle School army logos

‘Divergent’ and the new wave of strong female-led sci-fi

Katniss, Hermione: Defiant girls with old souls rule

Joss Whedon wants more female superheroes

Comments


4 Responses to ‘Ender’s Game’ TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

  1. Mary Ann LUdwig says:

    I'm not sure I want to see this movie. I'm sure it will be a wonderful film, but it will not be at all true to the books. Ender was six years old! Part of the lure of the story was this impossible notion that someone so young would be recruited into a Battle School (let alone save the world). CGI might not have worked here, but it would have been better than changing the entire premise.

    • John W. says:

      You think making the child a little older than he was in the book changes the "entire premise"? How? It might change the tone a bit, make it more realistic/believable, but it's not changing the story. That and this isn't an adaptation anything beyond the first book (thank goodness), so why so hostile toward it?

      • Ellie says:

        Making the child double the original age does change a HUGE part of the allure and draw of the book. It's not supposed to be 100% believable – it's supposed to be shocking and telling. It's supposed to be a joining of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow – which makes the age difference even more shocking. Bean should NOT be 14, as Ender should NOT be 16. That being said, I think they can pull of the general *plot*, just not the feel.

      • Christian W says:

        He was 6 when he first went to battle school, he was a good bit older when he fought the buggers. Your complaint is invalid.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close
E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis