If you've ever read "Ender's Game," you should probably find a new pair of underpants before watching the newly released trailer for the upcoming movie -- it's chock full of lush CGI and epic spaceship battles.
The film, which arrives on November 1, features Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, and also includes some pretty heavy hitters such as Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham), and Viola Davis, as well as up and coming stars Aramis Knight, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jimmy Pinchak. Gavin Hood directs the movie.
Here's the official synopsis of the film, courtesy of Summit:
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Today on Reddit, Asa Butterfield answered questions about "Ender's Game," and tried to soothe any fans' fears of the movie's rather grandiose aesthetics. "I'd like to say that if you have any fears of this film being all 'Hollywood', I can say that there is no need to be scared," Butterfield said. "The heart and soul of the story are as much a part of the film as they were in the book. Enders 'inner struggles' are still key in the film."
The tone of comments vary in regards to the "Ender's Game" trailer, as many people expressed joy while others showed signs of skepticism. Redditor Kitsune said, "The film looks uninspired, generic and bland," while CornflakeJustice chimed in, "I hope the movie is good, but I don't have any faith that it will remain true to the intent. I feel like it's taking advantage of the Hunger Games popularity right now and hoping to boost off of it."
Correction, 5:15 p.m. PT: The original version of this story misidentified the director of "Ender's Game." His name is Gavin Hood.