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A day ahead of the anticipated online debut of the first Ender's Game trailer, the film's website has gone live. IF-Sentinel.com encourages fans to "stay informed" while also sharing some background information that explains the world in which the story is set, including the "International Fleet," which serves as the sole government organization running the planet, and what it means to be a "third," which applies to the title character, Ender Wiggin.
Ender's Game is directed by Gavin Hood and based on a beloved sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card. The story is set in the future when man is preparing for a war against an alien race. The new website does a fine job of setting us up with some background information about the setting of the story through clever little news releases from the International Fleet, including one that involves a mission statement, and another that speaks of the population control laws that prohibit families from having more than two children - with exceptions. Those who have read the book know that Ender is a "third" among his family. As the site explains, "thirds" are rare exceptions when parents are permitted to have an additional child beyond the first two. "Extraordinary circumstances merit exceptions," the site explains, going on to offer instructions on how to begin the application process.
Another page speaks about the first war, and references the great Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), the lost hero of the war, "who saved humanity in an unrivaled act of bravery." And another page focuses on Tactical School application materials for parents of potential candidates for the training school.
The new website follows the news that the Ender's Game trailer will make its online debut tomorrow (May 7) during a live Google Hangout with director Gavin Hood, Prodcuer Roberto Orci and star Asa Butterfield, who plays Ender in the film. Butterfield and co-star Harrison Ford did the introduction to the preview trailer released last week, which gave us a quick peek at the film, which arrives in theaters November 1.