It’s been more than a year since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” director Gavin Hood was first attached to direct the long-gestating “Ender’s Game” movie written by Orson Scott Card. Since then, the project has gained “Star Trek” producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and Summit Entertainment as a distribution company. Just one problem: there’s been no news about the movie’s cast.
No news until now, that is. Io9 got their hands on a casting call for 10 major characters in the film. Part of a draft of the script, written by Card and tinkered with by Hood, Orci and Kurtzman, were included with the casting call. The most important thing you should take away from this news is that the self-professed nerds over at io9 totally loved what they saw, and have a lot of confidence in the project.
As expected, central characters Ender, Bean, Peter and Valentine Wiggin, Petra and Dink are all being cast. In addition, Hood and the rest of the folks behind “Ender’s Game” are looking for Bonzo, Rose the Nose, Alai and Mick. That’s the majority of the children that play major roles in the book. It is unclear whether the casting call is looking for relative unknowns, or whether Summit is sending it out as a free-for-all. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Ender’s Game” did go the unknown route, and I think it might be better served for that.
Io9 has detailed descriptions for each of the characters and their scenes included in the casting call, but they delve pretty heavily into spoiler territory. It is important to note that the script has apparently aged up Ender to 10-years-old. This isn’t too big of a shock considering the adult nature of the novel, but is a significant change nonetheless.
There’s no word on when the casting process on “Ender’s Game” is set to begin or when the film might finally go into production. It’s definitely a good sign that a casting call is being sent out, so hopefully filming will get underway within the next year or so.