The casting for “Ender’s Game” continues to heat up. Ben Kingsley is the latest actor to be courted for the upcoming sci-fi adaptation. A new report suggests he’ll be playing Mazer Rackham in the flick.
Heat Vision says that Kingsley is in talks to play “a legendary war hero presumed to be long dead.” That’s not official confirmation that he’s looking to star as Mazer, but he’s the only character we can think of that matches that description. Mazer is a former war hero who ends up being Ender’s last teacher at the Battle School.
Kingsley will join Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld in the previously announced cast. Butterfield is playing the titular Ender and Hailee Steinfeld is playing his fellow enlistee Petra. Harrison Ford is being courted to play Colonel Hyrum Graff, though no official deal has been made.
Interestingly enough, Butterfield and Kingsley already have worked together on this year’s film “Hugo.” Hopefully they will be able to bring that dynamic to “Ender’s Game” if Kingsley ends up being cast. Kingsley is best known for his roles in “Schindler’s List” and “Gandhi.”
“Ender’s Game” is set to hit theaters March 15, 2013.