Updates from the set of that big-screen Ender's Game adaptation are getting more frequent these days, but until today the only hint of Ender himself we'd seen was a rather spartan chair. Now, courtesy of the official production blog, we're finally getting a look at Asa Butterfield in the title role ... kind of.
The new image features an elegant (but slightly creepy) device implanted in the back of Ender's neck, and it includes a caption that discusses both the futuristic prescience of Orson Scott Card's original novel and just what that little bauble is used for.
"Though Ender's world is one worth saving, it sometimes comes with a price. The novel was amazingly prescient about a great many things: remote controlled drone wars, the internet, the influence of blogging, hand held computing tablets like the I-Pad, and of course, electronic surveillance implants. Implanted tracking and monitoring chips are no longer a science fiction concept. They exist now. And one day, they may be as advanced as the monitor implanted into Ender, which allows Colonel Graff to 'see through his eyes' and know: HE'S THE ONE."
So, if you've been keeping score, this makes the fourth image to emerge from the Ender's Game set so far. There was the chair, then the Battle School peek, then a look at Ender's geeky bedroom. . With the possible exception of that last one, everything's been very much on the teaser side, but with every glimpse we get we sink a little deeper into Ender's world. And so far, we like what we see.
(Via Ender's Game Blog)