‘Hugo’ Star Asa Butterfield Nabs Lead Role in ‘Ender’s Game’

Teen will play role of “Ender” Wiggin, a young boy preternaturally gifted in warfare in Summit’s sci-fi adaptation

Asa Butterfield has been cast in the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science-fiction novel "Ender's Game," The "Hugo" star announced Tuesday via Twitter.

An individual with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to TheWrap that the deal, rumored for weeks, has now been signed.

The book and movie are set in a future, in which mankind is engaged in a battle against aliens. Butterfield will play the part of  "Ender" Wiggin, a young boy, who is a preternaturally gifted in warfare and is seen as humanity's last hope.

The wide-eyed 14-year actor has earned rave reviews for his work in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."

"Now that I've real eased all my pent up emotion, I'm going to talk a wee bit more civilized. I have just booked Enders Game," Butterfield tweeted. 

Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") will direct. Hood also wrote the screenplay. 

Summit Entertainment is co-financing and will release the film domestically March 15, 2013. 

K/O Paper Products, OddLot Entertainment and Digital Domain are production partners on the film, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman producing via their K/O Paper Products banner, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough producing via OddLot Entertainment, along with Orson Scott Card, Lynn Hendee and Robert Chartoff. The film will be executive produced by OddLot’s Bill Lischak, K/O’s Mandy Safavi, Digital Domain’s Cliff Plumer and Ed Ulbrich.