It’s pronounced jay-eesh and it means army, allies and friends. If you don’t have one, then you won’t be surviving battle school. Welcome to Ender’s Game. Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a science-fiction masterpiece where children are pitted against one another to save the human race from extinction.
Viola Davis, an Oscar nominee for her role in The Help; A movie that’s already won three Screen Actor Guild Awards; has signed up for two movies, both which are novel-to-screen adaptations. Davis will be playing the lead in the supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures and a supporting role in Ender’s Game reports Variety.
In Ender’s Game, the role Davis will be playing is that of a military psychologist, probably one of the many to monitor the mental stability of each student at the battle school; notice I said stability, not health or well being. The children of this story are continuously pitted against one another in mock battles that take place in their orbiting space station, all in preparations for an alien invasion that may wipe out all of humanity.
Davis will be joining a growing a cast of stars including Harrision Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and many more. The movie; which would do well to draw from the Marvel comic book adaptation due to length; is to be directed by Gavin Hood; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; and is set in Earth’s future, telling a story of a young boy Andrew “Ender” Wiggin that will be played by Asa Butterfield. Production is gearing up now in New Orleans, aiming for a March 15, 2013 release.
Andrew Wiggin is the third child of a family in a world that only allows two per household. Specially licensed to exist, Ender; a nickname which he has grown to think of himself as; is sent to Battle School. This isn’t some school for the magically gifted, those with mutant genes or other special powers. This school isn’t for just the smart either, nerds who spend their time with their heads buried in books, studying furiously. This school is for the brightest geniuses on Earth who have the character traits to lead and to win.
In the book series of Ender’s Game, after the main plot is satisfied, Ender and his Army is divided and sent their separate ways. As they have saved humanity and hold an undefeated battle record; longest run ever in the history of the school; each member of Ender’s army is sought after by each sovereign nation of Earth to lead their armies; or assassinated by the competition. Even if they were just supporting members of the army, they were heralded as saviors.
This is how well I think the cast members of The Help are doing right now. The popularity in the media is so high that each movie in pre-production is trying to get their piece of a winning army.
Orsen Well Card really was a prophet, envisioning such a dystopian future. “Human beings are free except when humanity needs them.”