A new trailer and poster have arrived for Lionsgate/Summit’s “Ender’s Game,” which hits theaters November 1, and they’re a marked improvement on the first materials. The trailer relies on narration by Harrison Ford and emphasizes the idea that Ender Wiggin is a young warrior singularly equipped to save the world from an imminent alien attack. There’s time to only hint at what the book is about: how adults exploit a young boy to take advantage of his extraordinary skills–and what Wiggins sacrifices to become a warrior. Summit assures us that the movie is a faithful adaptation.
In the future world of the sci-fi thriller directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to lead other youth soldiers into battle against hostile aliens; he’s trained by veteran Colonel Graff (Ford), who hopes to hone a fighter as strong as the legendary International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley). Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
It’s also adapted from the classic Nebula and Hugo Award-winning novel by controversial author Orson Scott Card, whose outspoken anti-gay opinions have been causing protests for years, most recently with the Supreme Court decision to resume gay marriages in California. Lionsgate and Summit have since attempted to distance the film from the author’s remarks, with Card absent from the film’s Comic-Con panel, and producer Roberto Orci reiterating during the panel that he “would hate to see the efforts of all these people terminated by the opinions of one man.” (In new news, Orci and partner Robert Kurtzman have signed on to do another “Star Trek.”)