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Now that you’ve seen EnderWiggin.net’s exclusive reveal of the official Salamander Army logo, as well as the logos for Dragon, Rat, and Asp armies, it’s time to show you why that was just a teaser for today’s reveal. (make sure you enter to win a set of Ender’s Game army magnets or pin buttons HERE)

I’m very happy to be one of four fansites revealing the second official still from the Ender’s Game movie, which, as of today, is 253 days from release. This new still is chock full of amazing new content for fans who have been dying for more since December, when we got our first look at Colonel Graff staring down young Ender Wiggin.

Without further ado, here is a first look at the Battle School mess hall with Salamander Army:

Ender-Petra-Battle-School-Mess-Hall

Not only do we see Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin again, you get your first look at Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian (left), Khylin Rhambo as Dink Meeker (right, next to Ender), and Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid (end of the table on the left). Since there’s a whole lot more going on besides these four characters (see the Battle Room sphere on the board!?), be sure read my still breakdown article coming later today.

In the meantime, I get to dish a little bit more about our visit to the set last year.

We’d been given a list of people we might be seeing and Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and director Gavin Hood’s names practically screamed themselves from my laptop. I was pretty pumped. We’d also be talking to Conor Carroll (Bernard), Khylin Rhambo (Dink), Aramis Knight (Bean), and Suraj Partha (Alai).

Roberto OrciI went into the set visit expecting to see and speak to these seven people, which made me unprepared for all the other people we got to spend time with that day. One of the first surprises of the day was when we were introduced to producer Roberto Orci, which almost made my head explode.

I’d only seen photos of him and hadn’t a clue he’d be there on the set, much less that we’d be spending the day with him. And while it sounds odd to be a “fan” of a movie producer, you have to keep in mind that I’m a huge fan of things like LOST, Fringe, the Star Trek reboots, the Hawaii Five-O reboot, all of which he’s produced or written. I see his name everywhere. And since I have a young son, I’ve seen or been forced to listen to the Transformers movies at least two dozen times which, again, he wrote.

We were in a room whose walls were covered in concept art and storyboards and I almost felt like I should avert my eyes because I’m so used to not seeing such things until a DVD release. A presentation began and we met several producers from Odd Lot Entertainment.

They told us so much in that first hour and a half that I admit I was confused. I’d never expected them to be so open and passionate about the movie, rivaling us fansites. It was like sitting in a room with fans who were 10 times the fans you were. It was humbling to say the least.

Launchie-Barracks

After the presentation, they took us on a set tour that included the Launchie barracks that we saw in the first still, Ender’s private quarters, and the infirmary. We were taken to the video village where we saw some scenes being filmed. Garrett Warren, the film’s stunt coordinator came by to talk to us and was so fun to meet.

We headed over to interview the very well-spoken and lovely Hailee Steinfeld, a very intense but also very nice Asa Butterfield, and director Gavin Hood. While it was amazing to interview the young actors who would be playing Ender and Petra, it was eye-opening to talk to Gavin Hood. It was immediately plain to us that he’s a huge fan of the book and after talking to him, I personally felt like the film was in great hands with him.

Having been a fan of Game of Thrones for over ten years, it was surreal when the monstrously large Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap in Ender’s Game and Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Thrones) walked– or rather, hunched over — to get into the room. Getting to then discuss movies and Pop Tarts with him was just amazing. We met a lot of the Battle School cadets, including Bean, who all seemed to be great kids who were huge fans of the novel and extremely excited to be a part of the film.

CostumesOur tour continued after lunch with a meeting with costume designer Christine Bieselin-Clark, who actually let us touch the flash suits. Nerd out!

We continued on to the props department, which was really cool because even that guy could bring up scenes from the book as if it was nothing. We then talked to set designers Ben Procter and Sean Haworth, who immediately passed our now standard Did-You-Read-Ender’s-Game Test. We were back to sitting in the Launchie barracks again and with that scenery around us, I think the sole question in all of our minds was just, “How do you build something like this from the ground up?” It was a continual thought in my mind as we walked through the Battle School and Eros sets.

And with that, yes, we did get to walk around on Eros. We were actually very fortunate in that they were at the point of production where they were filming Ender’s final battle scene. We stood on that set and I had to resist the urge to turn to my fellow tourists and shake them senseless in excitement. All I will say at this point is that the finale scene that I’d imagined seemed like a shriveled raisin compared to what they had in production.

As if that wasn’t enough, towards the end of our day, they told us they were able to get us 10 minutes with Sir Ben Kingsley. Let me tell you, sitting in a dark Formic room frantically trying to think of questions to ask a knighted actor is a whole lot of pressure.

Those of you that have been reading my site for a while have probably wondered why I seem so on board with the film despite some the changes (which are inevitable with a book to film adaptation). Hopefully this gives you a better idea of why. Everyone we met from the crew to the actors to the producers were all fans of the book and were all so excited to be working on the movie.

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve left out specific details and quotes, as that’s all still to come as we approach the movie’s release come November 1st.

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17 Comments »

  1. Wasn’t Dink in Rat when Ender was in Salamander? I know, I know… this opens up intriguing possibilities.

  2. rames says:

    Great article!

  3. […] Hood, and will hit theaters on November 1st, 2013. This still was a fansite exclusive, thanks to EnderWiggin.net for the tip! Check out the still full size by clicking it […]

  4. […] by Orson Scott Card. Today, a second central picture has strike a net (via fansites similar to EnderWiggin.net), as well as it introduces us to Ender’s Battle School companion, Petra Arkanian, played by […]

  5. […] Along with the still they got the green light to spill their adventure at the set. Who they saw and talked to, what they saw and what they were allowed to touch! Here are the links to the posts of their experience Ender News, Ender’s Ansible, Ender Wiggin. […]

  6. […] Just yesterday we brought you the four Battle School army logos for Ender‘s Game including Salamander Army, Dragon Army, Rat Army, and ASP Army. Today we bring you the second official photo from the highly anticipated movie featuring Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, your first look at Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian (left), Khylin Rhambo as Dink Meeker (right, next to Ender), and Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid (end of the table on the left) eating in the Battle School mess hall. These characters are all part of Salamander Army. Thanks to EnderWiggin.net! […]

  7. […] imagen, con esta van dos, de El juego de Ender (Ender’s Game, 2013) de Gavin Hood. Salida de http://www.enderwiggin.net, en ella vemos al fin a Hailee Steinfeld como Petra Arkanian comiendo justo delante de Ender Wiggin […]

  8. […] novel by Orson Scott Card. Today, a second official image has hit the net (via fansites like EnderWiggin.net), and it introduces us to Ender’s Battle School companion, Petra Arkanian, played by True […]

  9. […] from “Ender’s Game” featuring Hailee as Petra Arkanian has been released, via EnderWiggin.net. A still breakdown can be seen below courtesy of Entertainment […]

  10. Jason says:

    I had another thought concerning Bonso in the still with the anticipated movie rating (R,PG-13, PG). Does Bonso even get killed in the movie (R,PG-13)? Maybe Ender isolates and shames him in the movie instead(PG). As others have noted, the actor who plays Bonso doesn’t physically appear to be rather menacing in respect to Ender’s size in the movie. At the same time, neither was Chucky in Child’s Play or Gage in Pet Semetary. But both Chucky and Gage ended up being rather nasty. 🙂 What rating is Ender’s Game trying for?

    But perhaps, and even more likely, we are just reading too much into the still. 🙂 I mean, you can pause almost any movie with any character and get a facial expression that is the opposite of the one being conveyed in the movie. Maybe Bonso is just looking downwards just before he glares menacingly at Ender?

    I don’t know if this was discussed already (post or endercast), but Ender is also seated at the same table as Bonso. When Ender first joins Salamander, wasn’t he the lowest, most despised new member? Would Bonso have sat at the same table with Ender then? If you look at the blond haired kid at the next table in the background, he’s looking in Ender’s direction with an expression that looks like curiosity.

  11. […] mentioned in my second set visit report that we got to interview Ben Kingsley. What I didn’t mention was that he was in full Mazer […]

  12. […] week, EnderWiggin.net was one of four fansites that got to reveal the second still from the Ender’s Game movie and with that image came a whole lot of talk about the food they […]

  13. […] A new still from Ender’s Game has been released, giving us our first look at Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian. The film also stars Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, and a slew of newcomers such as Moises Arias and Aramis Knight. The film was directed by Gavin Hood, and will hit theaters on 1st November 2013. This still was a fansite exclusive, thanks to EnderWiggin.net! […]

  14. […] Be sure to read my two preview pieces on the set visit here and here. […]

  15. […] Fansite Exclusive: New 'Ender's Game' Movie Still of Salamander ArmyOfficial Ender's Game Website IF-Sentinel.com Debuts Splash PageVIDEO: Gavin Hood/Bob Orci On Staying True to the BookVIDEOS: Watch the Entire Ender's Game Comic-Con Press Conference […]

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