The first trailer for Ender’s Game has arrived with an emphasis on action, Academy Award wins and nominations, and neglecting to mention the author whom originally penned the novel the film is based off.
The trailer starts with scenes comparable to Independence Day with swarms of alien ships laying waste to the futile attempts of Air Force jets to turn them away. At jets explode, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff offers a voiceover about how the aliens learned how we think in the first attack and that cannot happen again.
Enter Ender (Asa Butterfield), a gifted young man whose mind doesn’t work the same way as most kids. Graff sees the potential in Ender to “think different than everyone else” and tells him that he will become a great commander some day. Ender is the best chance Earth has at stopping the next invasion.
Academy Awards and nominations are plastered all over the trailer and rightfully so considering the cast: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford. Oddly absent is a mention for the book’s author Orson Scott Card whom also co-wrote the screenplay with director Gavin Hood. I suppose Summit Entertainment felt “from the bestselling book” sounded better.
Ender’s Game is still a ways off from its November 1, 2013 release date. Expect a few more trailers and the first clips between now and then.