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Hailee Steinfeld Also in Talks to Join Sci-Fi 'Ender's Game' Adaptation

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December 1, 2011
Source: Variety

Hailee Steinfeld

Well here we go, even more good news! Along with recent casting confirmation that young Hugo star Asa Butterfield would be playing the titular Ender in Ender's Game, Variety is now reporting that Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star as Petra Arkanian, the young female lead in the film and only girl in the Salamander Army, who quickly becomes Ender's ally. Steinfeld is also age 14, same as Asa, and we know she is talented as she earned an Oscar nomination for True Grit last year. This is perfect for her to take on next, I was hoping to see her mix up genres with something like this. I'm happy with Gavin Hood's casting so far.

Ender's Game is adapted by Gavin Hood from Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel about a young gamer named Ender Wiggin, skilled in strategy and logistics, who's trained to battle an insect-like alien race. OddLot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products and Summit Entertainment are behind this adaptation, which will start shooting early next year, as they're aiming for a March 2013 release. Casting continues, and it's awesome to see Steinfeld join. There are a few extremely talented actresses around that age working, but she's a perfect match for Butterfield and will do a great job in a battle sci-fi like this. If they can nab someone like Harrison Ford for Col. Graff, that will truly make this something to look forward to. We'll keep you updated.

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  • Anonymous
    This movie seems pretty good all around but still Gavin Hood=zero interest. This needs a 5/5 director like Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Scorsese, or I'd even trust Nolan even though I haven't seen him do a faithful adaption yet (correct me I haven't seen the original Insomnia or read the Prestige).  Batman was great but on this I don't want to see Nolan's vision just a faithful adaption.
    • Anonymous
      Hmm....decent concerns, si1ver, but for me, I'd rather wait and see what happens.  Having read the original novel for ENDER'S GAME, I hope for a relatively faithful adaptation myself, but I'm honest enough to know that no Hollywood adaptation of a novel is ever 100% faithful--and that includes those classic Hollywood movies based on classic literature or popular novels of the day. Honestly, while JAWS is an incredible film, it is not a faithful adaptation of the novel.  The same goes for the 1950s versions of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. As for Nolan doing a faithful adaptation, well, I can't speak for INSOMNIA either, but in the case of THE PRESTIGE, he did take many liberties with the original novel, but the author of the novel did not mind at all.  In fact, supposedly he was very happy that Nolan was able to actually make a film based on a novel considered unable to be filmed. And as for BATMAN--I've liked both of his Batman films, and I'm waiting for the third, but while the films have returned the darker edge to the character, they are still based not on one comic but several Batman comic books and graphic novels.  Basically, they are two great films made from a soup of ideas.

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