Here’s our first official look at Ben Kingsley as half-Maori war hero Mazer Rackham in Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game. I must say, Sir Kingsley is really pulling off that face tattoo. A film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s classic novel of the same name, Ender’s Game centers on an unusually gifted child (Asa Butterfield) who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin also star. The film hits theaters November 1, 2013.
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 (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), 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
Image via EW, in case it wasn’t clear enough already.