Ben Kingsley to Join Ender’s Game

Written by Nick Workman December 09, 2011

Ender’s Game Cast Grows

Ben Kingsley (Shutter Island) is the latest name to be attached to the upcoming adaptation of Ender’s Game. Kingsley is in negotiations to play the character Mazer Rackham, a war hero in the story.

The adaptation is based off of the science-fiction novel Ender’s Game, written by Orson Scott Card. The novel is described as:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

The film is being directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). If Kingsley joins the film, he will most likely act alongside his Hugo co-star Asa Butterfield, who is set to play Ender.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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