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 […]
Aug. 06, 2013 | 10:36 a.m.
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 […]
July 19, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.
On the heels of Thursday’s Comic-Con panel touting the upcoming sci-fi films “Ender’s Game” and “Divergent,” Summit Entertainment has released new promotional media for both films, offering a sneak peek at two grim visions of the future. The cache includes a series of banners for “Ender’s Game” showing the cast members crisply dressed in the uniforms of the International Fleet, the military force that protects the Earth from the hostile alien race known as the Formics. The cast includes Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young prodigy who could be the planet’s best hope for survival; Harrison Ford as Col. Hyrum Graff, who trains the young soldiers; and Ben Kingsley as the legendary Cmdr. Mazer Rackham. (Check out the gallery above for more.) FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Accompanying the banners is a new teaser video paying tribute […]
July 18, 2013 | 9:37 a.m.
School’s out for summer — except in the futuristic world of the upcoming sci-fi film “Ender’s Game,” based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. In the film, hostile aliens known as the Formics have attacked Earth, and the planet’s military organization, the International Fleet, is marshaling and training a new generation of young soldiers to continue the fight. A new promotional video for the film, titled “Battle School Needs You” and styled as a military recruiting tool, shows Col. Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and a group of young soldiers preparing for war. Among their ranks is Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy who could be the fleet’s next great hope. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “We need the best and the brightest to lead,” Ford says in the minute-long video, embedded below. “If […]
May 07, 2013 | 2:33 p.m.
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. […]
May 03, 2013 | 7:06 p.m.
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into gear for “Ender’s Game,” the upcoming film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling sci-fi novel. The first “Ender’s Game” trailer premieres Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, but a teaser offers a brief glimpse to whet fans’ appetites. Asa Butterfield, who plays protagonist Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, and Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Hyrum Graff, introduce the footage in the YouTube teaser released Friday. What follows is about 10 seconds of footage, including what appears to be a scene from the battle room, where young Battle School pupils train for war against an alien threat. “You’ll be the finest commander we’ve ever trained,” Graff tells Ender in the footage. Also featured is “Iron Man 3” star Ben Kingsley as war hero Mazer Rackham, whose face is covered in tattoos — a departure from the book. […]
April 11, 2013 | 12:04 p.m.
Harrison Ford is out on the promotion trail, talking up his role in the new Jackie Robinson baseball movie “42.” But what everyone really wants to discuss is his possible return as Han Solo in the new “Star Wars” movie. Everyone except Harrison Ford, that is. The star, who’s reportedly set to reprise his landmark role as the heroic cad, either doesn’t know much about his participation in “Episode VII” at this early date or he’s not allowed to share details. In any case, he’s opted to deflect “Star Wars” questions not with polite demurrals or stone-faced silence, but rather a grandfatherly sense of befuddlement. Witness how Ford handled David Letterman on Wednesday. Letterman, who uses confusion himself in order to draw answers out of his guests, met his match in Ford when the subject of “Star Wars” was raised. […]
March 07, 2013 | 9:45 a.m.
Carrie Fisher has said “yes,” she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in “Episode VII” of the “Star Wars” franchise. Now, George Lucas says that, months ago, Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford were in “final negotiations” to return. They’d “already signed,” he told Bloomberg in an article published Thursday, or were “pretty much in final stages” of negotiations. Then, Lucas stopped short, seeming to fear he’d spoiled the surprise. There’s probably a plan to break the news with “some big whoop-de-do,” he said. Fisher hasn’t been shy with the news, though. “Yes,” she told Palm Beach Illustrated, she will reprise her role. When asked what Princess Leia is like today, she replied with a laugh that she’s in an “intergalactic old folks’ home.” In late January, as reported in Hero Complex, news broke that J.J. Abrams was set […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.
“Ender’s Game” won’t hit theaters until Nov. 1, but Summit Entertainment has just released new imagery from the movie. On Wednesday, Summit sent out a new round of images: A new still from the film features Asa Butterfield, who plays the film’s shy but brilliant hero Ender Wiggin, dressed in the gray uniform of the Battle School. He appears to be chatting cheerfully with his peers in the mess hall while a high-tech glowing scoreboard hovers over the scene. The company also sent the four army logos from the Battle School — Dragon, Salamander, Rat and Asp. (Click through the gallery to see those.) This is not the first still from “Ender’s Game” that Summit has released. An image of Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Hyrum Graff , addressing Butterfield in a futuristic barracks has already been floating around the Internet. […]
Sept. 21, 2011 | 4:40 p.m.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex has been looking back at the landmark film and its influence on cinema and pop culture. Today, video from an onstage Q&A with Steven Spielberg and surprise guest Harrison Ford. The Q&A followed a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Sept. 12 at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and was hosted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher. In the interview, Spielberg talked about his decades-long relationship with “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, the evolution of Indiana Jones’ character, and a possible fifth installment in the series. Spielberg also touched on a Blu-ray release and on his decision to keep the original film intact. “This is the best I think it’s ever looked,” Spielberg said after the “Raiders” credits rolled, “because in preparation for the eventual […]