Why ‘The Hunger Games’ fans should get excited about ‘Ender’s Game’

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Credits: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate

Credits: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate

Why ‘The Hunger Games’ fans should get excited about ‘Ender’s Game’

Fans of The Hunger Games may have a pretty focused end game in sight these days: the November 22nd theatrical release of the Catching Fire movie. But there’s another YA science fiction adaptation in the works that these fans should probably take notice of.

While Ender’s Game does not quite go as far as The Hunger Games in pitting children against children in a fight to the death, Card’s novel features child geniuses training as soldiers to win a war against an alien attack. Though they are not fighting other children, Ender’s Game features plenty of youngsters facing very grown-up and deadly situations.

2. All-Star Cast

Much like The Hunger Games, the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game features an A-list cast, including Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, and Sir Ben Kingsley. The younger cast includes would-be Katniss Hailee Steinfeld (who famously was considered for the role that ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence), Abigail Breslin, and Asa Butterfield as Ender himself.

3. Lionsgate Family

Ender’s Game is being released by Summit Entertainment, which is now part of Lionsgate — the studio behind The Hunger Games series. So it’s sort of like supporting the parent of your favorite franchise by seeing their other films.

4. Distraction from Waiting

With a release date of November 1st, Ender’s Game comes out just a few weeks before Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22nd. Though there will be plenty of buzz leading up to the second Hunger Games movie, fans will need a distraction to survive the wait. Seeing Ender’s Game in theaters will be a perfect way to unwind a bit from the anticipation. (And maybe, just maybe, see the Catching Fire trailer on the big screen … given the studio connection, it’s a likely possibility!)

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