First Look: A (Very) Brief Introduction to ‘Ender’s Game’

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Are you a fan of Orson Scott Card's best-selling young adult science fiction novel "Ender's Game"? Are you eager for the first glimpse of the film adaption that's due in theaters in November? Well, the good news is it's up on line, and don't worry – it won’t take long at all for you to check it out.

"Ender's Game" is vying to become the next major movie franchise based on a hot young adult literary property, and while fans will have to wait until May 7 to see the first full trailer, what could be described as a trailer for the trailer has been posted. It may not tell us much, but it sure makes the movie look distinctive.

Check out the video here:

In the pre-preview, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield – who play Colonel Hyrum Graff and Ender Wiggin – first appear out of character to tell us a bit about the movie and that the trailer will debut on May 7, and sixteen-year-old Butterfield looks cool and professional alongside one of Hollywood's biggest stars. We're then treated to all of fourteen seconds of footage from the movie, which begins with Ford's Graff telling Wiggin, "You'll be the finest commander we ever trained" as the youngster leaps and bounds through what looks to be a series of maze games in space.

Wiggin replies, with a nervous quaver in his voice, "So I'm not the first?" as we see a barracks full of other wary young teenagers.

We then cut to Ben Kingsley, sporting a truly awe inspiring set of facial tattoos, looking intensely at Wiggin and replying, "No. But you will be the last."

The "Ender's Game" logo explodes out of darkness, and then we cut to some credits. That's all, folks.

For those wanting to know more about the story than the quarter-minute featured here tells us, Card's novel is set in a future where predatory aliens have almost wiped out the human race. The surviving military has rounded up a handful of young geniuses, hoping to find one who can help wipe out the invaders. Ender Wiggin is one such teenage warrior, and he's chosen to be the last, best hope for Earth. But like any teenager, Ender must struggle with family, siblings, and rivalries among his peers as he's groomed for one of the most important assignments in human history.

Young leading man Butterfield has already racked up some impressive credits, appearing in "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" and "The Wolfman" and playing opposite Kingsley in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo." Butterfield here shares the screen with Ford, Kingsley, and Viola Davis, as well as fellow teen stars Abigail Breslin, Hailee Seinfeld, and Moises Arias. And actor-turned-director Gavin Hood helmed the project; his previous behind-the-camera credits include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Rendition."

So if you're a fan of "Ender's Game," this preview should get you psyched up for the real trailer that appears next week. And if you're not … man, Kingsley still sports some wicked ink here, am I right?