14-Year-Old Asa Butterfield Will Play The Lead In Ender’s Game

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The adaptation of Ender's Game — that moody, life-after-aliens kids' book — has found its star. 14-year-old Asa Butterfield will play Ender Wiggin, a talented youngster who's taken off to a special “battle school” to learn about outer space war strategy.

Asa is a pretty accomplished little dude: an actor in London since the age of eight, he's starred in flicks like Hugo, Nanny McPhee Returns, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Ender's Game will be directed by Gavin Hood, helmer of movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Tsotsi.

Ender's Game was one of my favorite books growing up and I'm super excited to see the Orson Scott Card story come to life on the screen. And Asa totally looks like the Ender in my head, which is a really magical move on the movie folks' part. Thanks guys!

(via Vulture)