Books into Movies: Ender's Game

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
One of the most beloved children's books is being adapted into a movie! Ender's Game  by Orson Scott Card is currently being filmed. The movie has already been cast, so make sure to check out IMDB for a full list.

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 role of Ender went to: Asa Butterfield
Image Credit:  tamara.craiu

I'm really ecstatic about this news. The young actor is phenomenal and according to my sister (who has read the book) he's the perfect Ender! 

The first image from filming was taken during a scene with the flight simulators. It's a bit fuzzy, but you can see it below!

Also in news: Summit Entertainment is pushing back the release of the movie from March 13, 2013 to Nov. 1, 2013. That is a total of 8 months!! That's craziness! They're doing it so that the movie will premiere a few weeks before Catching Fire (Hunger Games Sequel) will be scheduled to release. What does this mean? More profit for the studios but more waiting for fans!

Have you read the book? Are you a fan? Excited for the movie? And if you're like me and never read it as a kid (so feel silly about picking it up now) do you still like the acting choices? Thoughts below!


  1. I'm 23 and just read it a few months ago. I would say it's not even really for kids all that much, in my opinion. Thanks for posting about the movie. I had no idea it was already filming!

    1. That's awesome! It's hard to tell with some MG books if adults would like them. Like Harry Potter is definitely crossover :) I'm going to have to read it before the movie comes out then! Thanks for commenting!

  2. i have not read it jet lol
    but so hoping to
    a long wait lol

  3. I am so so so so so so so so so excited for this movie to come out! I haven't read the book yet, but I've had a copy of it since I was 16. I keep putting it off because I'll hear something from someone that will turn me off from it, and then I'll read up on it and fall in love again, but it always falls to the back of my bookshelf!! :(

    I'm really excited about the cast too! I saw Asa in Hugo and he was AMAZING. He has so much character for such a young actor and I can't wait to see him play Ender in some of the more violent/intense scenes. Plus, Hailee Steinfeld is playing one of the female friends of Ender and she was spectacular in True Grit, and absolutely gorgeous for a 14 year old, so I can't wait to see her in another role.

    Plus, the kid from Hannah Montana (Jackson's young friend/enemy) is playing one of Ender's nemesis's (nemisii?) and he's a very comical actor!

    Thanks for sharing the info, pretty bummed they're moving it further into the future, but I understand, and at least it's getting made!!