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Though there were probably a ton of geeks psyched to get a look at Ender's Game during the film's Hall H panel at Comic-Con yesterday, but plenty of others-- OK, fine, all of them-- were dying to get a look at Harrison Ford in person. And while those of us stuck at home didn't get to see Ford scowl in the flesh, he's at least at the center of the film's first clip, which introduces us to the heroics of Mazer Rackham and treats us as if we're enrolling in Battle School right alongside Ender.
In the film Mazer Rackham, who we see here fighting in battle during the first alien invasion, is played by Ben Kingsley, a mentor to young Ender (Asa Butterfield) as he is trained in the Battle School. During yesterday's panel, which you can read about in full here, Kingsley wasn't onstage, but Butterfield admitted he "wasn't sure" how he managed to get over working right alongside legends like Ford and Kingsley (the fact that Butterfield and Kingsley were co-stars in Hugo probably helps). But have you seen the images of Kingsley as Rackham? With those Maori-inspired face tattoos, I'd probably be intimidated by him even if he was my own father:
Almost more remarkable than the battle scenes in this clip is the very presence of Ford, who's still a major movie star but rarely seems remotely engaged by what he's doing. Reports from people interviewing Ford at Comic-Con say he's more lively and seems prouder of his work than he has in years (say, when he was at Comic-Con three years ago promoting the doomed Cowboys and Aliens). A strong performance from Ford won't be the main thing that makes Ender's Game succeed, but come on... if he's back in fine Han Solo form, you know that'll help push you toward buying a ticket.
Ender's Game has been all over Comic-Con, and we've been right there to cover it, checking out props and costumes in the extensive fan experience, interviewing director Gavin Hood about how he'll handle the film's violence and to producer Roberto Orci about adapting the book's mind game to the screen, and even keeping our eyes peeled for the pins and dog tags that are being handed out at the convention. It's not easy to get a lot of attention at an event as busy as Comic-Con, but Ender's Game has been impressing people, and word from the Hall H panel yesterday is that the battle footage shown there is even more impressive than what we saw in this clip.
Ender's Game opens in theaters November 1. Let us know if you like what you're seeing in the comments.