CinemaCon: Lionsgate Unveils an Exhilarating 'Ender's Game' Trailer
by Alex Billington
April 18, 2013
"If you succeed, you will be remembered as a hero." Yes. The moment I have been waiting for. While I've clearly admitted that Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is my #1 most anticipated summer movie, I think Ender's Game just took the crown for my most anticipated movie of 2013. Lionsgate, who now owns Summit, held the final studio presentation at CinemaCon 2013 bringing trailers and glimpses of all of their 2013 movies coming up. But the one that blew me away, the movie I can't stop raving about now that I've seen footage, is Ender's Game. We were the first audience in the world ever to see the trailer and holy shit does it look epic.
There is no video blog this time (this is the only film I want to talk about) and we don't have the trailer yet. During the event, Lionsgate confirmed it will be showing in front of Star Trek Into Darkness starting May 17th this summer, a little less than a month to wait. But it is so worth the wait. They spared nothing, and went all out with this first trailer, showing a LOT of footage, including battle scenes (from history and present) as well as the Zero G battle room and, potentially, his cockpit on the Command School later on. It looked unbelievably epic, even more than the latest Man of Steel trailer, and that looks massive on its own.
I've been anxiously awaiting footage for this since the moment it was announced it was being adapted, and this first look exceeded my expectations (I'm still in awe; I can't wait to watch it on repeat). The battle room and some of the shots there looked 100x better than the teaser poster, and those weren't even the moments I would call "epic". It starts with what looks to be a glance back at the original battle against the buggers that reminded me of the way the Man of Steel trailer opens on Krypton, as well as cool shots of Ender arranging his formations and attacks. That's where it gets epic, in a Star Wars way, and I mean that in a very good, very awesome sci-fi way. Gavin Hood is redeeming himself for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and going all out.
The full trailer begins with a voiceover from Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff explaining the history of the buggers and why they created the Battle School to find and train the greatest commanders in order to never let that happen again. It also has a number of cool shots of Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham with Maori tribal tattoos all over his face, making him look like a total badass. We also get a few quick glimpses at Hailee Steinfeld as Petra and plenty more of the kids in Battle School, but it's all about Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin and he seems perfect. As Graff states, "if you succeed, you will be remembered as a hero."
I had to make sure I said about how incredibly exhilarating it was to be the first to see this trailer. We truly are entering a new era of sci-fi, and while Blomkamp's Elysium and Abrams' Star Trek will lead the way in the summer, it's Ender's Game that will take us to even new heights this November. Bring on the buggers.