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On the threshhold of the release of what could prove to be his breakout film, Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo,' young Asa Butterfield has just been offered another high profile role. Butterfield will take the title role in big screen adapatation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi story 'Ender's Game.' The plot involves an attack on the Earth by a race of aliens called Formics. In response, and desperation, Earth's leaders train highly skilled children to compete in a game against the aliens. One young boy, the part to be played by Butterfield, proves to be Earth's greatest chance for survival in this arena. 'Ender's Game' will be directed by Gavin Hood ('Tsotsi,' 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'). The film will be produced by Odd Lot Entertainment and distributed by Summit. No word yet on when shooting will begin.
Butterfield has not officially accepted the role, but I can't imagine why he wouldn't. I will admit that I have not read 'Ender's Game,' but the concept alone is interesting and sounds like great fodder for a large-scale sci-fi flick. I am more than a bit concerned that Gavin Hood is directing. I hate to harp on it, but 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' was one of the worst comic book movies I have ever seen. Hopefully this one misstep is not an indication of how Hood handles adaptations of written material visually otherwise we are all in trouble. As to Butterfield, while I haven't seen 'Hugo' yet I thought his performance in 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' was very strong. I have no doubt that he is a fine choice for the role; if for no other reason than the fact that Martin Scorsese trusted him enough to carry his latest big budget film. Interesting fact, 'Ender's Game' won a science-fiction award called the Hugo, and now its film version will star the kid from 'Hugo.'
'Hugo' hits theaters November 23rd. I know there are some 'Ender's Game' fans out there, any thoughts on this casting choice?