One of next year’s most highly anticipated films, “Ender’s Game,” has been “highly anticipated” by the fans of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel for nearly thirty years, but the long-awaited adaptation is finally coming into view.
Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at Asa Butterfield, formerly of Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” and Harrison Ford facing off at the Battle School.
Click past the jump for the full picture and excerpts from an interview with director Gavin Hood.
To create a believable sense of tension between Butterfield’s Ender and Ford’s Colonel Graff, it was important to strike the right balance on set. “The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,” Hood said, “but he didn’t overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.”
As always when working with children on a movie, production has to revolve around their limited schedules. “The kids have to attend school for at least three hours of class every day, plus do homework, so you can only shoot with someone like Asa for five hours of your day,” Hood said. “There was no time for fooling about or not knowing your lines or being unprepared.”
“Ender’s Game” opens in theaters on November 1.