It’s been two months since casting started for the roles in the movie ‘Enders Game’ and it looks like they either want to make sure they get the right person for the right role or they may just be using a lot of fresh young faces because after all this time only two actors have so far been confirmed to be in the film. According to THR, joining Asa Butterfield (‘Hugo’) will be Canadian actor Brendan Meyer.
Meyer will take on the role of Stilson. Although it’s not a large role in the book, it is an important one. Stilston taunted Ender during ground school and is involved in a violent incident early in the story that has a large effect on Ender and influences him greatly.
At 17, Meyer has been acting since he was 11 and appeared in last year’s film ‘Tooth Fairy’ starring Dwayne Johnson. He is also currently starring in the Canadian Disney XD show ‘Mr. Young,’ about a child prodigy who graduated from college at the age of 14 and returns to his high school as its science teacher. He will be seen again in the upcoming McG film ‘This Means War.’
It was only a few days ago that Asa Butterfied confirmed his role when he tweeted that he will be starring as Ender Wiggin in the film. Other stars reportedly in negotiations include Ben Kingsley (for the role of Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham), Harrison Ford (as Colonel Hyrum Graff) and ‘True Grit’s’ Hailee Steinfeld (as Petra Arkanian).
‘Enders Game’ will be directed by Gavin Hood (‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’), who also wrote the screenplay. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (‘Star Trek’) are signed on as producers alongside Gigi Pritzker (‘Drive’), Linda McDonough (‘Drive’), Lynn Hendee (‘The Tempest’), Robert Chartoff (‘The Tempest), and author Orson Scott Card. The production is set to start shooting early next year in New Orleans and has a March 2013 release date.
If you’re not familiar with Orson Scott Card’s ‘Enders Game’, here’s the official description:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
So, what do you think of the casting choices so far?