Hailee Steinfeld is one lucky lady. After impressing audiences with “True Grit” last year, she missed out on being cast in “The Hunger Games” and has only been cast in relatively under-the-radar projects. But now all that is about to change.
Variety is reporting that Steinfeld is in talks to play Petra Arkanian in the upcoming adaptation of “Ender’s Game.” Petra is the most significant female character in the story, and also acts as Ender’s right-hand woman. This would hands down be Steinfeld’s biggest role to date if she ends up agreeing to it, and also would likely launch her into her first franchise.
This follows the news that Asa Butterfield will play Ender and Harrison Ford is being considered for the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff, which means the casting process is quickly getting underway.
Neither Steinfeld nor Ford’s participation in the film are set in stone, but it would be a good career move for both of them to join the project. With the roles of Ender, Petra and Graff potentially squared away, there are still some other big roles left to cast.
The biggest of them is Bean, a character who ends up getting his own side series in the “Ender” universe. He is a younger recruit than Ender in the Battle School, but just as smart and apt for his job. There are also Ender’s older siblings Peter and Valentine Wiggins to cast, as well as the rest of his Battle School peers. It will be interesting to see if director Gavin Hood ends up continuing to cast well-known actors, or if he starts looking for some unknowns to fill the roles.
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