Sci-fi is a hard sell, generally speaking, at the box office, even if it’s based off a beloved book like Orson Scott Card‘s “Ender’s Game.” However, those who have actually read the novel have been wondering just how it will translate onto the big screen? It’s not necessarily the most action-driven piece of writing, and the concept is pretty ambitious. Can Hollywood make it work, even while filling all the requirements of the four quadrant tentpole? Well, the first trailer is here to perhaps answer that question.
Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley as the righteously named (and tattoed) Mazer Rachkham, the movie finds the Earth at war with an insectoid race named the Formics, and follows Ender, one of a group of children being trained to be military commanders. On the plus side, it certainly looks like no expense was spared in conjuring up this world for the multiplex. On the downside, it’s coming from director Gavin Hood, whose last effort was the universally derided “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
So, does he pull it off? Watch, tell us below and see the movie on November 1st.