Holy smokes batman! This past week I found out that another one of my favourite books is being made into a full-length feature film! In a few weeks ‘The Hunger Games‘ will be making it’s worldwide debut on the big screen, with an all-star cast and rumors abuzz that it will perform better than the ridiculously popular Twilight franchise. The next book-turned-film that I’m OVER THE MOON excited about is ‘Ender’s Game‘. Sticking to a tween genre, yet adding a bit more dept, Ender’s Game is an incredible tale chronicling life on Earth, post-alien invasion.
Having read both The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins and the first book in the Ender’s Game saga by Orson Scott Card, I can’t help but draw a few similarities from a character development standpoint. The standout difference is the additional level of life-lessons to be taken away from the latter novel. Ender’s Game tackles the concept of ‘all life forms are truly connected’, which spans outside of Earth’s atmosphere, across the entire universe. It’s a wildly interesting topic explored by several novels and movies throughout the ages; however, Orson’s descriptions were explained in such simple detail it was hard not to sit and ponder the concept as you make your way through his novel.
I am literally peeing myself with excitement writing this article, and outlining the INCREDIBLE cast already named to the film!
First up, the boy playing the lead character, Ender Wiggins. Fittingly, Asa Butterfield, most notable from his recent role in the Academy Award-nominated film Hugo, will be tackling this complicated role. A fantastic match to what I originally envisioned this boy to look like in real like, and with Asa’s incredible talent, I know he will do me proud!
A few other key characters include Valentine Wiggin, being played by Academy Award-nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine); Mazer Rackman, played by Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley; Colonel Hyrum Graff, played by Academy Award-nominee Harrison Ford; and in an incredibly twist to the storyline, Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis taking on the role of Major Anderson – originally written as a male character in the novel. How’s that for an all-star cast?! WOWZERS!
I’m curious to see what other changes are made by the screenplay writer and movie director, Gavin Hood. I can’t WAIT to see how he builds out the unique training areas, the different space ships, and most importantly, the training games and models that each of the students have to engage in – believe me, this isn’t a spoiler, it’s in the basic description of the book! I. Am. Losing. My. Mind. With. Excitement.
As soon as a trailer is available, I’ll be recapping it in all its glory!
For now, I’ll be checking IMDB.com regularly for any additional updates. Check out the current movie listing here.