See that right there? That’s Harrison Ford all decked out as Colonel Graff, preparing to dress down Asa Butterfield’s Ender Wiggin, who’s concerned that his emails to home are being blocked. Click below for the full sweep of the picture from Entertainment Weekly, plus some very interesting notes on the changes made from the book to the film, and more!
It looks as though the main change from the narrative is the compression of the timeline; director and writer Gavin Hood discussed this at length with Orson Scott Card. “The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely,” Hood said. He pointed out that he didn’t want the audience to have to try and bond with a different actor once Ender got older, which seems like a logical choice to make for a film.
Hood also talked of a relationship between Ford and Butterfield on set. It seems as though our favorite smuggler/archaeologist was close with young Ender, but made sure not to be too friendly. Hood claimed, “He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.” Which sounds awesome to us. Harrison Ford is free to intimidate us any time.
(Info and pictures from Entertainment Weekly.)
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