Ben Kingsley Joins the Cast as First Adult in Sci-Fi 'Ender's Game'

December 9, 2011
Source: THR

Ben Kingsley

Looks like Hugo Cabret and Georges Méliès are teaming up again. THR is reporting that Ben Kingsley is in talks to join the cast of Gavin Hood's Ender's Game adaptation, the sci-fi movie in the works at Summit Entertainment. Casting has already been well underway, as we know Hugo star Asa Butterfield will be playing lead Ender Wiggin and, reported recently, Hailee Steinfeld will play Petra, so Kingsley is now the first adult to be officially cast. Kingsley and Butterfield just worked together in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, and they made a great pair. It also doesn't seem like the main Colonel Hyrum Graff role has been set yet either.

As for Sir Ben Kingsley's role, THR only says that he'll "play a legendary war hero presumed to be long dead," but that's all they have. Interesting. 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 possibly in February, as they're aiming for a March 2013 release. This is just getting better and better as it continues, can't wait to hear who else they actually cast.

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So....Mazer then?

Chris Luostari on Dec 9, 2011



Chumbo on Dec 9, 2011


Kingsley plays Adult Ender in a flash-forward?

Metermine on Dec 9, 2011


I like very name attached to this so far, except Gavin Hood. Which unfortunetly is the most important name.

T_lynn4 on Dec 9, 2011


Yes, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham: And awesome to hear Hailee Steinfeld is on board.  She was excellent in True Grit.  Admittedly, wasn't so excited when I heard who the director and writers were but so far the cast seems to be top notch.

Breck LeSueur on Dec 9, 2011



Zipor on Dec 9, 2011


Orson Scott Card is contributing to the script. He won't let Ender go to theatres if it sucks. I believe in him 😛

Tyler on Dec 27, 2011

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