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After being offered the role a few weeks back, Asa Butterfield has officially accepted the lead in Gavin Hood’s big-screen adaptation of Ender’s Game, Variety reports. The star of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo will portray Andrew “Ender” Wiggins, a boy with a brilliant tactical mind who will help save the Earth from alien invaders.
The piece also notes that the next big shoes to fill will be those of Colonel Hyrum Grff, commander of training for the International Fleet. Talks with Viggo Mortensen fell through, so now the studio is looking at another group of veteran actors that includes Harrison Ford.
Ford would offer some real star power to a project that already has some heat on it thanks to the legions of fans who love Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi series. Will Ford return to the world of epic space operas? Time, and of course the Internet, will tell.