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WATCH: Provocative New Trailer and Poster for 'Ender's Game'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 6, 2013 at 2:45PM

A provocative new trailer and poster have arrived for Lionsgate/Summit's "Ender's Game," which hits theaters November 1. The sci-fi thriller, directed by Gavin Hood ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
Ender's Game

A new trailer and poster have arrived for Lionsgate/Summit's "Ender's Game," which hits theaters November 1, and they're a marked improvement on the first materials. The trailer relies on narration by Harrison Ford and emphasizes the idea that Ender Wiggin is a young warrior singularly equipped to save the world from an imminent alien attack. There's time to only hint at what the book is about: how adults exploit a young boy to take advantage of his extraordinary skills--and what Wiggins sacrifices to become a warrior. Summit assures us that the movie is a faithful adaptation. 

In the future world of the sci-fi thriller directed by Gavin Hood ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), young Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to lead other youth soldiers into battle against hostile aliens; he's trained by veteran Colonel Graff (Ford), who hopes to hone a fighter as strong as the legendary International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley). Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. 

It's also adapted from the classic Nebula and Hugo Award-winning novel by controversial author Orson Scott Card, whose outspoken anti-gay opinions have been causing protests for years, most recently with the Supreme Court decision to resume gay marriages in California. Lionsgate and Summit have since attempted to distance the film from the author's remarks, with Card absent from the film's Comic-Con panel, and producer Roberto Orci reiterating during the panel that he "would hate to see the efforts of all these people terminated by the opinions of one man." (In new news, Orci and partner Robert Kurtzman have signed on to do another "Star Trek.")

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.