After years of production setbacks, sci-fi movie
is now finally being cast.
Asa Butterfield has been offered the lead role in the long-anticipated movie based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 science fiction novel.
The 14-year-old, who has already starred in Martin Scorsese’s
, will play the title role of Ender Wiggins.
is set in a futuristic world where mankind is under attack from the Formics, an insect-like alien.
The government begins to select the brightest children to learn how to fight, testing their skills through a series of challenging games.
Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggins is soon recognised as a talented fighter at the Battle School, and he becomes the earth’s main hope for the survival against the aliens.
The film will be directed by
X-Men Origins: Wolverine’
s Gavin Hood and has been given a 15 March 2013 release date.