How many fourteen year old boys can tick ‘starred in a Martin Scorsese blockbuster’ off of their bucket list? Asa Butterfield certainly can after starring in Hugo and now he’s been offered the role of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin in the adaption of Orson Scott Card’s Enders Game off the back of it …
People have been asking for years when Orson Scott Card’s novel, Enders Game would be brought to the big screen, and it appears this is finally becoming a reality. We can all mark 15 March, 2013 in our diaries, the release date of the film adaption of the classic novel.
And it would appear they have already chosen the boy to play the title character of Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggan. Reports suggest the role has been offered to British child actor Asa Butterfield. The film is due to be directed by Gavin Hood, the South African who has previously helmed Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
For those unfamiliar with Enders Game, Amazon describes the book’s story like this: “In order to develop a secure defence against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.” The book, and will revolve around Ender, a child prodigy who is torn away from his parents and entered into battle school where he is trained up and sent into an intergalactic conflict between Earth and the hostile aliens.
It certainly comes as no surprise that Butterfield has been offered the role. He’s one of the few young British actors of his generation to be held in high esteem, taking after former child stars like Freddie Highmore and Thomas Sangster.
Critics first took notice of Asa in 2008 when he starred in the heartbreaking and uncomfortable watch, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. He played Bruno, the eight-year-old son of a Nazi Commandant who befriends a young boy behind the fence near his new home, a fence which, unbeknown to him separates him from a Nazi concentration camp. Ever since he has had several television and film roles, including BBC’s Merlin and played Maggie Gyllenhaal’s son in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.
Now he is rubbing shoulders with big names like Martin Scorsese, Ben Kingsley and fellow American child actor Chloe Moretz in Hugo, and looks set to carry on this successful streak, all while maintaining his school work. Not bad for a fourteen-year-old.
We won’t get to see Enders Game until Spring 2013, but in the meantime check Asa out in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo 2 December, 2011