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Harrison Ford eyed for “Ender’s Game,” “Hugo” star Asa Butterfield confirmed

Harrison Ford eyed for “Ender’s Game,” “Hugo” star Asa Butterfield confirmed (photo)

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Fans have been on the fence about the planned upcoming adaptation of “Ender’s Game,” but this new information might be able to convince them to get behind the project. Only a couple of weeks after “Hugo” star Asa Butterfield was offered the title role of Ender Wiggins, a new report has come out to say the filmmakers are eying Harrison Ford to play his mentor, Colonel Hyrum Graff.

Collider learned that Ford is the main actor producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough are looking at for Graff, but there are several other veteran choices as well. Viggo Mortensen was originally in talks for the role, but talks eventually broke down. Based on Butterfield’s stellar performance in “Hugo,” it could be really exciting to see him face off against Graff on the big screen.

Graff acts as a surrogate father to the children at the Battle School in “Ender’s Game,” but he takes a special interest in Ender. This ends up being more of a curse than a blessing for the young soldier, as he gets targeted for being Graff’s favorite. Though the focus of “Ender’s Game” is definitely on Ender and the rest of the children in the Battle School, Graff is the most significant of the adult characters in the story.

In addition to Ford being eyed for the film, Collider also received confirmation that Butterfield as accepted the role of Ender and will lead the film. That will surely jumpstart the rest of the movie’s casting process. The film is being directed by “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” helmer Gavin Hood, and will likely start shooting in the next year.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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