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Could Harrison Ford Play Ender's Game?
Asa Butterfield is locked as the lead

30 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Could Harrison Ford Play Ender's Game?

Just last week, word broke that X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood had offered the lead role in Ender’s Game to Hugo star Asa Butterfield. Now comes the news (via Butterfied’s own Twitter feed) that he’s locked in a deal for the movie. But buried within Variety’s report on the casting is a mention of Harrison Ford being considered as a possible co-star.

According to the trade mag, the hunt is on for someone to play Colonel Hyrum Graff, the man in charge of training the prodigious tykes who will lead a fighting force to help mankind battle an insect-like race.

Viggo Mortensen was apparently the first choice, but he wasn’t able to make a deal, so now the focus is on Ford. He’s just a name in discussion right now, however – formal talks haven’t kicked off yet. Plus, he may not want to tackle another big budget sci-fi adventure after Cowboys & Aliens disappointed at the box office this year.

Whoever ends up taking on the Graff role, he’ll deal with Butterfield’s Ender Wiggin, a talented gamer who ends up proving he’s got real world tactical skill during training. We can't help thinking that Ford would make a better Mazer Rackham than a Graff - in the book, Rackham is the General who previously drove off the alien menace, and who the youngsters are being groomed to replace - but it's possible that the script rolls both roles into one, in which case, carry on Mr Hood.

With Hood writing and directing the film, it’s due out here on March 29, 2013.


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I agree
Harrison Ford is the guy who played so many of my childhood heroes (well, OK, two of them) and I shall defend him till the end - except for maybe Random Hearts, Six Days Seven NIghts, Sabrina and Firewall... But anyway, no matter the occasional dodgy film choice, he is one of the last remaining BIG GUYS in Hollywood. That said, I would really love to see him in a more serious role, even with a thriller edge or similar but more for him to sink his teeth into. Still hoping he makes Black Hats ho More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 14:39 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

'now the focus is on Ford'
So, it's a Ford Focus? Arf. Still, sounds like a good fit for Ford. But I'd still like to see him go for more serious roles in his dotage. He's proved he's got acting chops and I'm disappointed that he hasn't exercised them more often... More

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