I'm not saying all dystopian kid-warrior movies set in the future are going to be shamelessly crib from their successful predecessors (especially those adapted from exceptionally popular, award-winning, decades-old tomes), but something feels and looks really familiar in the first official photo from 2013's Ender's Game, based on Orson Scott Card's Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novel.
In the first look, which debuted over at EW along with a preview chat with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine), Asa Butterfield stars as Ender, a young Battle School recruit being trained to fight an interstellar war, gets a stern glare from Harrison Ford's Colonel Graff.
In the cash-littered wake of The Hunger Games, the first few looks at Ender's Game hit the futuristic teen sci-fi signposts: A muted blue palette, austere high-tech aesthetic, retro-fascism (meets, hmm — American Apparel?) garb, kids playing games... TO THE DEATH.
But hey, whatever works. Ender's Game hits theaters November 1, 2013.