I haven't seen Hugo or True Grit yet (I know, I know) so I don't know what kind of performance Asa Butterfield will turn out as Ender or Hailee Steinfeld as Petra, but my primary concern for this one movie has been the age of the actors. One of the aspects I enjoyed so much about the first book was just how young the kids in battle school were to have been shouldered with such a task as defeating the buggers. So, finding actors who look young enough to play a 6 to 9 year old child prodigies/strategos always seemed to be the main challenge in my mind.
I know Card has guarded this screenplay with his life (which is why it has taken them this long to make the movie), but what do you think of the director, Gavin Hood? I haven't seen Rendition or Tsotsi yet, but I did see X-Men Origins: Wolverine and just didn't think much of it one way or the other. The subject matter of both Tsotsi (violence and youth) and Rendition (ethics, espionage, etc.) gives me hope that Hood has covered some of the ground explored in Ender's Game and I'm sure that if Card will be heavily involved with the film that we'll get the movie we all want to see.
So, now the big question remains, who will fill out the rest of the main cast? I'm trying to imagine who they are thinking Harrison Ford will play at his age (surely not Graff). Mazer Rackham?
Ender Wiggin: Asa Butterfield
Petra Arkanian: Hailee Steinfeld
Who do you think should fill out the remaining leading roles?
If this is successful, which sequels or series should be tackled next (Ender Quartet) (Shadow Quartet)?