Asa Butterfield (represented in the UK by Independent Talent) could be going from one big project to an even bigger one.
As publicity starts on the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese 3D feature Hugo, in which Asa takes the title role opposite prolific child actor Chloe Moretz, Deadline reports that he has been offered the lead in one of the most highly anticipated book adaptations in years, Ender's Game. After testing several young actors, director Gavin Hood has apparently chosen Butterfield to star as boy genius Andrew “Ender” Wiggin in the adaptation of the seminal Orson Scott Card sci-fi book series.
Set in a futuristic world where the human race has been all but wiped out by a race of bug-like aliens called Formics, the government recruits the best and brightest children to attend Battle School, where they are trained in the art of war through a series of games, including one in an anti-gravity Battle Room. When Ender’s genius is revealed, he is promoted to Command School to act as a leader of children’s armies to “simulated” wars against the Formics, to largely successful outcomes.
There is no confirmation yet as to whether the 14-year-old Londoner has accepted the part. Asa started acting at The Young Actor's Theatre in Islington and made an acclaimed debut playing Bruno in The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas, and more recently starred as Norman in the second Nanny McPhee feature.
Other key characters still to be cast include Ender’s older siblings, the protective Valentine and cruel Peter.
Ender's Game is set to shoot in February 2012 in New Orleans, LA, and scheduled for a release in spring 2013.