We want to wish a happy birthday to the lovely Viola Davis who plays Major Anderson in the Ender’s Game movie.
Happy birthday Viola, from all us here at the EndersGameFandom.net!
With the release of the aptitude test and recruitment video earlier, Fandango and MovieFone have released 6 new character banners that will be displayed in the Ender’s Game Fan Experience at Comic-Con tonight through Sunday.
What would I do to have these banners hanging on my wall! The week is just getting good launchies. Sty tuned for more revelations and announcements as Comic-Con shoots into action.
During the Beautiful Creatures press day Collider got the chance to talk with Viola Davis (Major Anderson) on her work as the character “Amma, a Seer with her own reservations about a union between Ethan [Wate] and Lena [Duchannes]” in the film and her recent projects including Ender’s Game.
You also recently did Ender’sGame, right?
DAVIS: I did Ender’s Game. People are really excited about that one. Harrison Ford. And I would stare at him all the time and my husband said, “You gotta stop doing that! You gotta just talk to people! I talk to people! You don’t talk to anybody!” And I said, “I know, but it’s Harrison Ford!” And he said, “I don’t care! Just talk to him!” But, I would just stare at him. He said, “How you doing, Viola? You know, I would have flown you out here with your daughter, when your daughter was sick. You could have just asked me.” And I thought, “I could have?!” And then, he’d tell really racy jokes, and I would think, “Harrison Ford is telling me a joke!” And then, I’d forget to laugh! He’s awesome! And Gavin Hood, who did what I would put in the top three greatest foreign films of all time, Tsotsi, which means “thug” in Afrikaans, is the director. He’s tough and he’s specific, and I think that it’s going to be great. What a moving story. And once again, it’s relevant. It’s about training these young kids to be soldiers and to kill, and what are the after effects of that? It’s wonderful.
Blackfilm.com recently interviewed Viola Davis, who plays Major Anderson. The interview consisted of questions about her newly released movie “Won’t Back Down” and upcoming projects, including Ender’s Game. Though briefly mentioned, she is asked the big question every actor is presented with when they take up a role in a book-to-film adaption, “Did you get a chance to read [Ender’s Game]?” It’s the one question every fan wants to hear the answer to and always the one of first priority. To my surprise (some of you may have already known this) but Viola Davis did not read the book Ender’s Game when filming nor has she done so after.
“In the book Major Anderson is actually a male. I just felt like this is a different character and I didn’t feel like I could learn anything from reading the book.” She goes on to say it wouldn’t be the same as if studying the psychological disorder of a character and that is was more valuable for her this way.
To some degree I agree with Mrs. Davis. Major Anderson has a small role in the book and with all film adaptions we are conscious that story lines, setting, plots and characters can change at different degree’s that only the director knows, so maybe this male to female switch doesn’t need the books story but a fresh compilation by the director and actor.
Here is a video of the interview with Viola Davis. To get straight to the Ender’s Game question you can forward to the 8:49 mark.
Last night CBS put on a special concert benefiting teachers and education. Actress Viola Davis who plays Major Gwen Anderson in the Ender’s Game movie was among the attendees along with “Dave Grohl, Usher and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine.” Including other actors “Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Morrison.”
The show is set to air Saturday at 8:00 pm E.T on CBS.
A concert is a start of a small thank you to teachers for what they do everyday for our education. Coincidentally, Professor Cross, my first year English professor in college, introduced me to Ender’s Game and in another class with her introduced me to Ender’s Shadow. From there, I went on to read all of the Ender’s series and the Shadow saga. Is there any teacher that inspired you to pursue something that changed your mind or life? Any that, like me, showed you Ender’s universe? Let us know in the comments.
Photos courtesy of Just Jared
It has been announced by several websites, including Geek Tyrant, that Viola Davis has signed on to be in Ender’s Game as a supporting character. Although there is no official name for her character yet, she is stated by Variety to play a military psychologist in charge of the emotional well-being of the trainees.
This casting is getting really exciting, what with Harrison Ford and Sir Ben Kingsley already signed on as well as a handful of very capable young actors. This makes me a little hopeful that Hollywood is really starting to take these YA books as seriously as adult books.
Viola Davis is a stage/film actress with a Tony Award under her belt as well as a 2012 Oscar nomination for her role as Aibileen Clark in the movie The Help. With the caliber performances that these actors will bring, is there any doubt that this movie can be a truly successful sci-fi film?
UPDATE: Viola Davis has been confirmed to play the role of Major Anderson, according to Ender’s Ansible. You may have noticed her very short hair during the 2012 Academy Awards.
To whet your appetite, here’s a video of images of the official cast, courtesy of ClevverTv24: