Harrison Ford up for Ender’s Game, Asa Butterfield confirmed as lead

Harrison Ford, Actor in "Ender's Game"

Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) coverHe may not be returning to the recently announced Blade Runner follow-up, but Harrison Ford continues his Cowboys & Aliens initiated return to sci-fi with a Variety report that he is being considered for the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff by producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough.

Asa Butterfield (Hugo) also confirmed via Twitter that he will be playing the title role of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin.

The official synopsis of the 1985 Hugo/Nebula Award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card reads as follows:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

Directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Ender’s Game is set for a 15 March 2013 release by Summit Entertainment.