Ender’s Game is released in two weeks. And we’ve been seeing trailers since May (below). There’s something missing from them, and it’s a pretty big deal: The film’s main character Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield). Oh he’s there all right, brooding and waving his arms a lot. But somebody who is completely unfamiliar with Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel would be forgiven for thinking that Harrison Ford was the star.
When the first trailer was released many moons ago, stuffed with Ford’s growling narration about space invaders and this amazing young potential leader, I thought: Oh, they’re using the iconic Star Wars actor and a lot of special effects to sell this sci-fi film at this early stage instead of focusing on Ender’s story, I suppose that makes sense.
But now that the film opens Nov. 1., and we’ve mainly seen adult characters like Ford’s battle school Colonel Graff and Ben Kingsley’s Mazer Rackham talking about Ender rather than Ender’s perspective, it’s a little worrisome. The movie is about Ender Wiggin. It’s his journey through Battle School training to fight alien invaders. The film is called Ender’s Game.
Yet from Ender we have heard four beats of dialogue: “So I’m not the first?” …”Track them from below the ice. Shoot straight. Stay calm. Here we go. FIRE!” … “I’ll do everything I can to win this war” … And: “In 3, 2, 1, NOW!”
And that’s IT in the trailers (there is more Ender in online clips, if fans seek them out). Nothing else about Ender’s journey, and nothing about the other kids in Battle School. There is a whole supporting cast of key young characters in this film who largely haven’t been promoted at all, such as comrade Petra — in the photo above played by Hailee Stenfeld — his loving sister Valentine, and his bullying brother Peter, and the villainous Bonzo. In the trailers, Ender’s only apparent adversary is arm fatigue. READ FULL STORY