After weeks of speculation, it's true: Harrison Ford is returning to space in Ender's Game!
Variety reports that Ford is officially signed up to play Col. Hyram Graff, who's charged with training young male recruits at a military academy to battle the insectoid alien race known as the Formics. Ford had reportedly been approached about the role after talks with Viggo Mortensen broke down.
Although Ford fought extraterrestrial invaders earlier this year in Cowboys & Aliens, this role will mark his first foray into space-based sci-fi since—believe it or not—1983's Return of the Jedi.
Ford joins a cast that includes Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the brilliant title character, Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) as Ender's older sister Valentine, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as his friend and ally Petra and a clutch of other young actors in key roles.
The movie is being directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), who also adapted the script from Orson Scott Card's acclaimed novel. Production will begin early next year, and the movie is scheduled to come out on March 15, 2013.
Are you glad to see Ford land this role, and does it make the movie version of Ender's Game that much more intriguing?