First Look: Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham from 'Ender's Game'

May 1, 2013
Source: EW

Kingsley as Mazer

Meet the mysterious Mazer Rackham. Where has he been? What do all those tattoos mean? How many buggers has he killed? After seeing photos of Asa as Ender, Hailee as Petra and Harrison Ford as Col. Graff, Summit has finally revealed the first photo of actor Sir Ben Kingsley as the war hero in advance of the trailer debut next week. The image is nothing but a solid shot of Rackham's upper half and head in uniform. This is the first time we get to see the tribal/war tattoos he has on his face, which seems to be the unique route they're taking with crafting this character from page to screen. Those familiar with the book know he's a big mystery until revealed in the second half (and I love his story), but it's great to see this first look now.

Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham in Ender's Game

"In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery," Kingsley told EW about Mazer Rackham's character. 70 years after an alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Ender's Game, based on Orson Scott Card's beloved 1985 novel of the same name, is written & directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition, X-Men Origins) produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, with Harrison Ford, Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. Summit/Lionsgate will be releasing Ender's Game in theaters starting November 1st later this year. Cool?

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Ohhhh man... I can NOT wait to see this.... It's going to be hell, attempting to not watch the trailer next week, when it's released.

Greg dinskisk on May 1, 2013



DAVIDPD on May 1, 2013


Those look like Maori moko (tattoos)!

ranz on May 1, 2013


OH, Trevor, you are my favorite

TOONFED on May 1, 2013


*Spoiler alert!* In the end, it turns out he's not really Mazer Rackham; he's just a drunken British actor.

Krishna Shenoi on May 1, 2013


Sir Ben Kingsley: Legally the human chameleon

Musal Mueen on May 2, 2013


the tattoos are a reflection of his beginning, family, tribe and where hes going in the afterlife. they are symbols and are maori, this being said they were only for the highest male members of the tribe.

bassmonsta on May 2, 2013


At first glance I thought it was meeeee!

Freddy Krueger on May 2, 2013


The tattoos are a Hollywood addition to the character to emphasize that the character is Maori at the expense of the character's other dimensions, or ability to perform as depicted in the books.

Friendly Curmudgeon on Jul 18, 2013

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