Sept. 26, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.
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 […]
Aug. 30, 2013 | 9:55 a.m.
NEW ORLEANS — The Michoud Assembly Facility just south of Lake Pontchartrain is the place where Saturn V rockets and the space shuttle’s external fuel tanks were put together. But on a muggy spring day last year, NASA’s largely abandoned manufacturing plant was the site of an intergalactic mission of a very different kind: bringing “Ender’s Game” to life. Inside the massive complex, filmmaker Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was barking out directions over a public address system to the movie’s young cast, which includes “Hugo’s” Asa Butterfield and “True Grit’s” Hailee Steinfeld. “Boom, boom! It’s really unbelievable,” Hood yelled to his cast. Except it wasn’t, yet. FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks 2013 The young stars, arrayed at computer terminals inside a deep-space military academy, were looking around frantically at an empty stage, Hood trying to help them visualize what that […]