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“Ender’s Game” movie begins casting call

“Ender’s Game” movie begins casting call (photo)

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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.

Are you looking forward to seeing Hollywood’s version of “Ender’s Game”? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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