Orson Scott Card's beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender's Game, may be largely about kids, but its themes are anything but childish. The futuristic adventure sort of a conceptual precursor to The Hunger Games focuses on a brilliant boy, Ender, who is recruited by the government to attend the space-set Battle School, where he becomes a troubled but extraordinary leader and tactician. In the film (out Nov. 1, 2013), Hugo's Asa Butterfield plays the title character, who spends much of his time at odds with the imposing and manipulative Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford). ''The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,'' says director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), ''but he didn't overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.'' We'd expect nothing less. Grady Smith
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