Likely upsetting a generation of nerds who'd always assumed the protagonist of Ender's Game would look just like them, director Gavin Hood has selected his lead for the title role in his adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel. The winner: Asa Butterfield, star of Martin Scorsese's Hugo. Those familiar with the novel's tale of a moppet-turned-military-strategist probably recognize that 14-year-old Butterfield is a bit old to be playing young Ender, but that's just the way it's going to be. The director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine isn't all that concerned with such details--especially with Summit Entertainment breathing down his neck to put the film out by 2013, as the studio is anxious to fill the gaping hole that will be left in their Mormon-produced fiction franchise schedule once they run out of Twilights.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing the film, along with Odd Lot's Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough, Lynn Hendee, and the crazy author himself, who is willing to turn a blind eye to Hollywood's perceived liberal agenda if it means he gets a producer credit and enough money to add a new wing to the House of Cards (I assume this is what Orson Scott Card calls his home).