A big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's award-winning novel "Ender's Game" is underway. Summit Entertainment is developing the sci-fi project with "Hugo" star Asa Butterfield being eyed to star as the lead character.
Deadline reported that Butterfield has been courted among several other talented young actors to take the main protagonist. Should the 14-year-old English actor join the project, he will star as a young genius strategist named Andrew "Ender" Wiggin.
The story is set in the time after the Earth is attacked by alien and gifted children are recruited by the government to take revenge. Those kids are trained with a simulated battle game and only the best one will be chosen. Ender emerges as the chosen kid and soon he becomes Earth's best hope to defeat the alien Formic race.
"Ender's Game" will be directed by Gavin Hood, who also helmed "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Variety additionally reported that "300" costume designer Christine Bieslin Clark and "Tron Legacy" art director Sean Haworth are joining the creative team. Summit has scheduled to release the film in U.S. theaters on March 15, 2013.
Butterfield will soon be seen playing opposite Chloe Moretz and Sacha Baron Cohen in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" on November 23. His previous acting stints include "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, "Son of Rambow" and "Nanny McPhee Returns".