Asa Butterfield ‘Ender’s Game’ Recruitment Video: ‘Battle School Needs You!’

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield enders-game

Lionsgate opening film on Nov. 1

Three and half months before Lionsgate opens “Ender’s Game,” the studio has released a mock recruitment video for the film’s International Fleet’s Battle School.

The 50-second video begins with “Battle School Needs You!” title card and Harrison Ford intoning, “When the enemy first invaded, we were not ready.”

The video shows Asa Butterfield as a Battle School recruit and concludes with a test: “Do you have what it takes? Take the International Fleet’s Battle School Aptitude Test to discover your role in protecting Earth from the next Invasion. Our future depends on it!”

Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, a strategically brilliant boy who’s recruited to join the school, quickly masters increasingly difficult challenges and is promoted to command school to train for a battle that will determine the future of Earth. The film is based on the novel by Orson Scott Card.

Lionsgate will release the film on Nov. 1. The film has received plenty of recent publicity over a boycott stemming from Card’s opposition to gay marriage.

SEE ALSO: Lionsgate: ‘Ender’s Game’ Author’s Gay-Marriage Views ‘Irrelevant’

The ad was rolled out at Comic-Con as part of the “Fan Experience” for “Ender’s Game” featuring eight rooms representing the most iconic environments of the world with original props and set pieces used in the movie.

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  1. Paul Lane says:

    I think the boycott will hurt this film. Orson Scott Card is a nutty hate monger.

  2. Klaus says:

    Yes, it’s always some “invader” who “threatens” our “way of life”. Yawn! Join, give up your freedom, follow orders, be like the rest of us, and win “freedom”. The 20th century called, and it wants its plot back. The Lone Ranger will be the only one in the audience for this retread.

    • Skot says:

      I have to agree that the basic premise of the story seems like a retread, but if read the book, which by the way won both the Nebula and Hugo awards the two most prestigious awards in sci-fi literature, then you’d know how incorrect that assumption is. This is a book uses that “generic” plot in the same way the Wizard of Oz uses Kansas; it doesn’t matter which state it is, only that it has tornados. Don’t judge a book by its cover. I guess the same can be said for a film.

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