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31 May 2013  |  Written by Nick de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

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This October, sci-fi spectacular Ender’s Game will see Asa Butterfield (The Artist Formerly Known As Hugo) step into the high-tech boots of Ender Wiggin, heading to a military space academy run by the gruff Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford). As well as intergalactic battles and tense politicking, the movie will feature plenty of zero-gravity combat as the youngsters at Battle School are put through their paces. We've just dug up a new image from the film that shows Graff and Ender together, and spoke to Butterfield about what it was like to take his feet off the ground…

Before the shoot, you and the rest of the young cast went to “Space Camp”. What did that involve?

That was our very first week. It really broke the ice between all of us kids — we were good friends by the end of it. And it also gave insight into how it would have been to gone to Battle School. We were taught to march, all about cadences, and did a bunch of army drills. Lights off at 9pm. Awake at 7am. Pretty brutal, but I’d do it again.

You spent a lot of the shoot dangling from wires for the zero-G sequences. Fun or painful?

It was really good fun. But yeah, wearing harnesses for nine hours, by the end of the day you’re glad to get out of them. It’s really tiring staying up there. And the chafing… it’s exactly as you might imagine. All through rehearsals we would spend an hour each day on the wires. And then we spent a month and a half shooting the scenes. There was plenty of time flying around.

During their training, Ender and his unit take on a lot of other teams in the Battle Room. Any stunts you’re particularly proud of pulling off?

There’s a really cool sequence where I’m sort of spinning over backwards and I let go of my guns. They’re floating by my side just going along. As I push myself through these two stars, I spin back over and grab the guns, then shoot the people around me. I loved doing that.

What did your Battle Room costume involve?

It’s called a flash suit. It looks incredible, but wearing it was pretty uncomfortable, because they were tight and thick and didn’t give you all that much movement. It’s like wearing three wetsuits and then putting on body armour over that. We had a few versions: a normal one, and then a slightly bigger one which let you wear a harness underneath. You wouldn’t want to wear one for more than an hour.

And finally, is it true you’ve designed an iPad app?

Yes. Me and my brother were on the set of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, and we got pretty bored so we came up with this game. We designed it with pen and paper at first. And then at the end of last year we realised it would make a really good iPad game. So we started to get it made. It’s called Racing Blind, and as far as I’m aware it’s the only game on the App Store that you can play with your eyes closed. My little sister, who’s three, is really good at it.

Ender's Game hits UK cinemas on October 25, also starring Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis, and directed by Gavin Hood. For more on the film, check out a future issue of Empire.

 

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Still hoping for the best!
As long as Orson Scott Card, does not go around shooting people, blowing up buildings etc then I have no problem with his or anyone elses beliefs and I would suggest that anyone that does is perhaps as narrow-minded and intolerant as he might be. However, the fact remains that in "Enders Game" he wrote one of the great sci-fi/fantasy novels. Still not sure if they can do it justice on screen but I certainly won't avoid it based on petty reasons like the author's intolerance. More

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very sadly one to avoid
not because it's gonna be a bad film, (I'm quite sure it's been excellently made), but because of the author being a rampant homophobe and bigot :( More

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Kids will love it
This looks like a solid adventure for the family. Flashbacks of The Last Starfighter from my childhood came back when watching the trailer! Perhaps this will be the same for the next generation of movie goers! More

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