The Bridesmaids ladies aren’t the only female ensemble cast enjoying a well-deserved career boost this awards season. Hours after we reported that Octavia Spencer had signed on for Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic thriller Snow Piercer, Spencer’s The Help co-star Viola Davis has booked supporting roles in Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi flick Ender’s Game and Richard LaGravenese‘s fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures. Read more after the jump.

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Harrison Ford is really back. After quite a few years in which the actor took only occasional roles, we’ve seen him in Cowboys & Aliens this past summer, and he just signed to play famed baseball manager Branch Rickey in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42.

And now Ford is going to do another real sci-fi picture, as he has signed to play Colonel Hyram Graff in Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game, after being rumored as one of the actors likely to be offered the role Read More »

Casting on the long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi YA novel Ender’s Game has been falling into place over the past month, with Asa Butterfield (Hugo) signed on for the lead role and Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley in talks to join as well. Now Canadian teen star Brendan Meyer has boarded the project in the role of Stilson, a classmate who bullies Ender. Meyer is best known for his lead role in the Canadian series Mr. Young, which follows a child prodigy who graduates college at 14 and returns to his high school as a science teacher.

Gavin Hood will direct the film from his own script, about a gifted boy who is drafted into a special military program that trains children to fight against an alien species called the Formics. Ender’s Game will begin shooting early next year for a March 2013 release. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Tom Wilkinson gets some help in Disney’s The Lone Ranger.

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Orson Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game is such an exciting, surprising and influential sci-fi story that even if a film version was populated with unknowns, it would have a lot going for it. Director Gavin Hood is raising the bar though, populating his film with an absolutely stellar cast. The latest addition is Ben Kingsley playing Mazer Rackham, a pivotal character whose back story is kind of a major spoiler. I’ll explain with plenty of warning after the jump but for now Kingsley now joins a cast that includes his Hugo co-star Asa Butterfield as Ender, True Grit‘s Haliee Steinfeld as Petra and potentially, but not locked in, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff. Read More »

Writer/director Gavin Hood is having no problem landing a stellar cast for his adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. He’s already got Asa Butterfield, star of the Best Picture-winning Martin Scorsese film Hugo, playing the title character. Rumor has it he’s looking at Harrison Ford for a major role and now True Grit Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to play Petra Arkanian, one of Ender’s closest allies and one of the few girls at Battle School, the primary setting for the film. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Harrison Ford might be returning to a galaxy far, far away. Sure the actor flirted with space in Cowboys & Aliens and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but Variety now reports he’s among a group of actors being looked at for the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff in Ender’s Game. The title role was recently filled by Asa Butterfield (Hugo) and if Ford were to put on the uniform, it would end a thirty-year hiatus from a genre that made him a superstar. Read more about Gavin Hood‘s 2013 film after the break. Read More »

It’s not a bad week to be 14-year-old Asa Butterfield. He’s the star of a brand new Martin Scorsese movie, Hugo, that hits screens in less than a week and he’s just landed one of the most coveted child roles in recent memory. He’ll play Ender Wiggin, the child prodigy, military leading star of Ender’s Game directed by Gavin Hood. Read more after the jump. Read More »

It feels like a film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game has been in the works for about as long as I can remember, so you’ll have to forgive me for my initial skepticism when it was announced last year that director Gavin Hood would be making yet another attempt to translate the novel to the big screen. But the project actually seems to be coming together this time around. Early this year writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman boarded the picture, Summit picked up the project a few months later, and now, apparently, casting is underway. The project has recently put out a casting call, seeking young actors to fill ten major roles including the part of Ender himself. Read more after the jump.

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the details of Tarantino’s next film, get excited about the new Ender’s Game film, and try to get excited about The Office again. Also, Dave reports from the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Special guest Jen Yamato joins us from Movieline.

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Ender’s Game is a property that has been in development for what seems like forever. The last big attempt to make the film started in 2002 when Warner Bros. optioned it and eventually set Wolfgang Petersen to direct. That version died in 2009, at which point Odd Lot picked up the option and eventually hired Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine) to script. At the beginning of this year Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci added their clout to the effort.

Now Summit has signed on to co-finance and distribute a film based on the Gavin Hood script, and has set him to direct as well. Read More »