Ender’s Game first image released

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The Ender’s Game first image was released today via EW. Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood also spoke to the outlet regarding the changes he made when adapting his film from Orson Scott Card‘s best-selling novel of the same name. The images reveal Asa Butterfield as the title character, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, and Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff.

The film also stars Abagail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, with Sir Ben Kingsley. It opens in theaters on November 1, 2013 in regular and IMAX theaters.

“I discussed this at length with Orson,” says Hood. “The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.” Hood said the decision was mostly a practical one: “When you sit down for two hours, you’re just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you’re bonding with someone who’s meant to be the same person, but you know he’s a different actor.”

Official synopsis:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.