Ender Wiggin now has a friend. Or should we say bully?
Brendan Meyer, who has appeared in a few episodes of R.L. Stine’s “The Haunting Hour” television series, has joined Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of “Ender’s Game” as Stilson. His character, according to The Hollywood Reporter, taunts genius Ender, played by “Hugo’s” Asa Butterfield, while they were in “ground” school.
Meyer joins Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld in the cast. Steinfeld, who is still negotiating for her role of Petra Arkanian along with Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham) is probably best known as Mattie Ross in the 2010 adaptation of “True Grit.” Meyer has appeared not only in “The Haunting Hour,” but also in the popular Canadian sitcom Mr. Young, where he himself plays a genius, but in a bit of a more humorous setting.
“Ender’s Game” is based on the 1985 novel from Card, which itself was based on a short story Card wrote for Analog Science Fiction and Fact in 1977. While the book itself is critically acclaimed, some critics have decried the story for its violence, especially from the young Ender, played by the 14-year-old actor (who will be 15 by the time “Ender’s Game” starts filming next year).
Hood is both writing and directing the film. His credits include “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as well as well as the 2007 film “Rendition.” Hood is also an actor himself, picking up a few genre credits along the way including Anubis (Col. Alexi Vaselov) in a 2004 episode of “Stargate SG-1.”
Card has been trying to create a film version of his novel since 2003, and once even had David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — now attached to HBO critically acclaimed series “Game of Thrones” — as writers. Card eventually forward with a script adaptation from Hood, which is reportedly a bit of a departure from the original novel. Also involved in the film are “Star Trek” and “Star Trek 2” scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman as producers through their K/O Paper Products production company.
The film itself will be produced by Odd Lot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment, with Summit handling American distribution of the film.
“Ender’s Game” is expected to be released in March 2013, just two months before “Star Trek 2.”