Synopsis emerges for Ender's Game

News Ryan Lambie 19 Nov 2012 - 14:24

Director Gavin Hood's forthcoming Ender's Game adaptation has an official synopsis. Possible spoilers lurk within...

After years in development hell, the adaptation of Ender's Game, the first book in Orson Scott Card's series of sci-fi novels, is finally being filmed. Courtesy of writer and director Gavin Hood, the adaptation will boast a starry cast, including Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield in the lead role of Ender Wiggin.

The release of Ender's Game is just under a year away now, so we're probably going to have to wait a few more months before we see the first trailer or official images. In the meantime, Summit Entertainment has updated its website with the first synopsis from the movie.

We should warn you, however, that the following contains at least one potential spoiler for anyone who's yet to read the source novel...

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Although it's difficult to tell from two paragraphs, it appears that the premise and basic plot of the book has remained intact. Let's hope the finished film lives up to its promise - it is, after all, one of our 10 most anticipated sci-fi movies of next year.

Ender's Game is due to open on the 25th October 2013 in the UK.


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Disqus - noscript cant read a synopsis without getting a spoiler warning? im configuring my browser to block the word spoiler, this is just getting out of hand.

Agreed. The only way to deal with these spoilers is to be hoodwinked into thinking that they are some form of falsehood or 'simulation'. Only when the reader has got to the end, assuming that what they read is guff and therefore making extra-ordinary assumptions a normal reader wouldn't, can the truth be revealed that its all true.

Having read Ender's Game close to 10 times (yeah I know, but it's a really good book - Card clearly in his prime as opposed to now, IMHO) I choose the believe that the story is pretty much spoiled for me anyway. However, I shall refuse to get butt-hurt if, and most likely when, they deviate from the book. The book was great fun, and I look forward to them messing around with it so I can be surprised a little bit when I see it in the theatre.

To me the Kingsley and Ford roles should he been cast the other way round.

Liking young Mordred being Ender though he has the innocent look that the role requires.

Synopses technically should always contain spoilers, really, in the sense that they're supposed to be a summary of the entire plot. What studios really mean is a blurb of sorts, to get people interested...

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