We're as shocked as you. Not that Harrison Ford's going to be co-starring in Ender's Game, but that Ender's Game is finally breaking free of development hell. Orson Scott Card's popular novel, about a world ravaged by alien conquest, and futuristic school for children trained to fight back, has almost made it to theaters before – most notably under Troy director Wolfgang Peterson – but now X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood, of all people, has got the sci-fi flick off the ground. And he's got himself a hell of a cast so far.
Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Harrison Ford will star alongside Hugo's Asa Butterfield (as Ender Wiggins), Abigail Breslin (Valentin Wiggin), Jimmy Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Haillee Steinfeld (Petra Arkanian) and Hugo's Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham). Ford will play Colonel Hyrum Graff, a teacher at the school who secretly manipulates the young Ender to prepare him for greatness in battle.
Yup, that's a stellar cast of actors involved. But Gavin Hood? He's on thin ice over here. Tsotsi may have won him an Academy Award, but X-Men Origins: Wolverine was such an enormous disappointment that the thought of Hood helming another big budget spectacle has placed many an ant in our pants. And we don't like ants. What do you think? Is this an exciting prospect or just plain unnerving?
CraveOnline will be back with ore Ender's Game news after we shoot our own legs.