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