Ender's Game may be a potential entry into the canon of Y.A. phenomena, with kids taking center stage in the intergalactic war story, but the latest trailer for the movie, based on Orson Scott Card's novel, focuses more on the adults of the story.
The trailer is framed by Harrison Ford's Colonel Graff addressing in voice over Asa Butterfield's titular character, Ender, about his great potential — he may be "The One" — and the mounting alien threat. Ford's Graff and Kingsley's Mazer Rackham debate over Ender's readiness, while Viola Davis's Major Gwen Anderson worries about what will become of "the boy." We do see Ender doing battle, but get only the briefest of glimpses of his relationships with the other children at Battle School, like Ender's sister Valentine (Abigail Breslin) and his peer Petra (Hailee Steinfeld), an element of the story which makes up much of the book.
Obviously Kingsley, Ford, and Davis are the biggest names here, and Summit is selling the movie partially on their star power and partially on what look to be stunning visuals. One has to wonder, though, how the film will handle the interactions between the children, which are ultimately the heart of the story. We've seen very little of those dynamics so far. Can a Y.A. movie successfully market itself without the, y'know, young adults?
As for the controversy over author Orson Scott Card's record of homophobia, we'll have to see if it pops up again. The creative team did a decent job of addressing the issue at Comic-Con, where producer Roberto Orci said that they were going to "use the spotlight — no matter how we got here — to say we support LGBT rights and human rights."
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