Head to the mess hall for 1st look at Petra in New Ender's Game pic

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Feb 20, 2013, 5:16 PM EST

The studio has been playing it close to the vest with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game—but now we finally have our first look at Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Ender’s pal Petra Arkanian.

The pic shows Petra (Steinfeld) and Ender (Asa Butterfield) grabbing a meal in the high-tech mess hall, which looks like a pretty awesome set.

The sci-fi tale follows a young boy as he goes through “Battle School” in a war-torn future to prepare to be a warrior. The film stars Butterfield, Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

Here’s the synopsis:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

The film is set to open Nov. 1.

Do you like the look director Gavin Hood has taken with the big-screen adaptation of this classic sci-fi novel?

(Via Collider)