From a picturesque 1930s Paris to a futuristic Earth beset by invading insectoid aliens – yeah, that seems about right. Asa Butterfield, the young, wide-eyed star of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, tweeted that he’s booked the role of Ender Wiggin, the lead in Summit Entertainment’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. (EW has confirmed that Butterfield is locked in for role.)
The title character reveals himself to be a strategic genius while attending a military training school for children, designed to help Earth fend off a marauding horde of aliens know as Formics (or “Buggers”).
Butterfield first quoted Ender on Twitter – “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him” – and then after repeating the word “happy” nine times, announced that “now that I’ve real eased all my pent up emotion, I’m going to talk a wee bit more civilised. I have just booked Enders Game.”
The film, which will be directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), is slated to arrive in theaters March 15, 2013.
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