UPDATE: It was reported today that Harrison Ford is officially signed on for a part in Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game. Ford will be playing Col. Hyrum Graff, the administrator at a special battle school that recruits and trains the titular Ender (Asa Butterfield of Hugo) in warfare against a hostile alien species. Ford is among a few impressive newcomers to the cast; others include Abigail Breslin (as Ender’s sister), Hailee Steinfeld (as Ender’s “gal Friday” of sorts). –Variety
EARLIER: It was reported last night that Gavin Hood’s developing film adaptation for Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game has cast Asa Butterfield. Aside from the humor in the fact that the adaptation of a book that won the Hugo Award is casting an actor that might very well win an award for Hugo, this is some pretty terrific news. But there’s more optimism attached to this project, and it comes in the form of a classic Hollywood hero: Harrison Ford.
Ford is being considered by Ender’s Game producers to fill the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff (which is one of the Harrison Fordiest character names I’ve ever heard). In the novel, Graff is the tyrannical, strategic leader of the military camp in which the main character Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) enrolls in training to become one of a fleet of planetary saviors.
Back in the old days, Ford was the ruffian renegade running amok of no-nonsense leaders and military men. But as time passes, it seems as though the latter type of role is more suitable for the actor. Ford can dole out some serious hostility, which will come in handy for Col. Graff. Although he’s just a potential candidate for the role right now, the teaming of a celebrated work of science fiction with one of the greatest actors of the fantasy/adventure genre is worth getting excited about.