Asa Butterfield Confirmed for 'Ender's Game' as Casting Continues
Briefly: Following up news that Hugo star Asa Butterfield had been offered the lead role in Gavin Hood's Ender's Game sci-fi adaptation, confirmation has now arrived, in two forms. Butterfield himself took to his own twitter (@asabfb) to celebrate, stating, "Oh yes. Im really doing it. F*** YEAAA!!!" after tweeting "battle school, here I come" and a few good Ender Wiggin quotes: "Welcome to Dragon Army." Then Variety followed up with confirmation as well, saying he has "closed a deal to star as the title character" in the film, being produced by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, as well as Odd Lot Entertainment and Summit. Read on!
Variety's latest casting update also hides a few other interesting details. Now that Butterfield, currently age 14, is set to star as young gamer prodigy Ender, they can focus on casting other areas, like the lead adult - Colonel Hyrum Graff, Commander of Training for the International Fleet, an elite boys' military academy where Ender is trained in strategy and logistics to help battle an alien race. While they haven't closed on anyone yet, names in the mix include Viggo Mortensen, who already passed on the role, and apparently now Harrison Ford. Whoa! If they can really score a name that big for this highly anticipated sci-fi epic, that would be a huge grab. We'll continue to keep you updated on the latest with this Ender's Game movie.