From Martin Scorsese to… Gavin Hood? That seems to be the leap Asa Butterfield will be making, as Deadline reports that the young actor is wanted for the lead role in the latter’s long-pending adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s classic novel, Ender’s Game. Said novel is set in a futuristic world where the government trains young children to fight against a destructive alien race; the children are strengthened by playing a game like “a cross between the Quidditch matches of Harry Potter and the Jedi light saber battles from Star Wars.” As the title (and this casting story) indicates, Ender emerges as the winner, and is soon trained for higher duty.

It’s a monumental development for Butterfield, who, at the year’s start, was a mostly unknown child actor that had his biggest acting role in The Boy with the Striped Pajamas. And, not to mention, taking the lead part would arguably be a bigger move than starring in Hugo. While acting under Scorsese means far more than doing so under Hood, keep in mind the fact that nobody is paying attention to Butterfield when it comes to his own starring role; it’s all about the director, who’s been front and center in the marketing. Think the same thing will happen with Ender’s Game?

Summit Entertainment will distribute the film, which has been written by Hood and is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. A release date of March 15th, 2013 has been set.

You can read a summary of the novel below (via Amazon):

“Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses — and then training them in the arts of war… The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of ‘games’… Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games… He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?”

How do you feel about Butterfield leading Ender’s Game? Are you a fan of the novel?

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