Gavin Hood has been speaking with EW about his forthcoming adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game.
The director talked about making a change to the book in order to ensure that Asa Butterfield would play Ender Wiggin throughout the entire film.
He said: “I discussed this at length with Orson. The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.
“When you sit down for two hours, you’re just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you’re bonding with someone who’s meant to be the same person, but you know he’s a different actor.”
However, anyone worried about changes to the ending of the book have nothing to fear.
“That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book, ” says Hood. “I promise you that it is very much there,” he added.
Meanwhile, EW debuted a new image from the film featuring Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff.
I for one cannot wait for this!