Listen, kids, you thought middle school was rough. You didn’t have Harrison Ford plucking you out of obscurity to yell at you every day about saving the human race from alien destruction. Luckily, the rest of us just get to watch it happen in the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved Ender’s Game this fall.
In the second trailer for the epic space tale, directed by Gavin Hood, just a teensy tiny bit more of the plot is revealed than from the first glimpse. Here’s what we know: decades after a brutal alien war, Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis are training child super-soldiers like Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld to do battle once more. But their last hope comes in the form of an exceptionally gifted boy named Ender (Asa Butterfield), who will lead them to victory with his prowess.
How did I do? I confess that I haven’t read the book, so I’m a little shaky on the details. The second trailer is miles above the first, showing off the new and improved polished effects, a whole lot of explosions and Kingsley’s strangely becoming face tattoos. It’s a lot to take in, but it’s beautiful to behold.
It will be interesting to see how the film will perform in theaters, given the recent controversy surrounding Orson Scott Card and homophobia. For more on that issue, read this piece by Landon Palmer.
Check out the trailer here:
Ender’s Game is in theaters November 1st.