I came across this amazing name while I was watching movie trailers on the IMDB website the other day. (It’s something I do. Just go with it; it’s part of my charm). We’ll talk about the trailer shortly; my geek heart needs a minute to recover first. While I’m getting over that, let’s chat about Asa, shall we?
Asa has been making films for nearly a decade, which is saying something, because he just turned 16 last month! When he was 10 years old, he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for his role in the deeply affecting Holocaust drama, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”.
He continued to demonstrate wisdom beyond his years by choosing films that were made by well-respected members of Hollywood: by the time he was 12, he had already worked with Oscar winners Emma Thompson (in “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang”) and Martin Scorsese (in “Hugo”). By the time I was 12, I chose after-school snacks that were made almost entirely of corn syrup and red dye number 40, and demonstrated my wisdom by putting tin foil in the microwave. I’m just saying.
On that note, I do believe I’m sufficiently recovered, so let’s get to the good stuff:
Asa will be starring in the upcoming movie adaptation of the best-selling novel “Ender’s Game”.
The trailer has just been released, and, you guys, it looks amazing!!!
For those of you who might not be familiar with the book, “Ender’s Game” takes place in a future when humankind has been decimated by two brutal conflicts with an alien species. In a desperate attempt to save the population from extinction, human children are selected to train for combat at the Battle School, located in Earth’s orbit.
I know, I know. It sounds … spacey. But one of the things that I love about science fiction is that a fantastically rendered alternate universe can be used to illustrate problematic value systems and social structures here on Earth. It can encourage critical thinking about how we, as individuals, can choose to participate in, or perhaps challenge, those cultural narratives that we might otherwise take for granted.
Science fiction messes with your mind … in the best possible way. I’ve talked about this in my own little corner of the universe once or twice; come visit and we can continue our conversation. We haven’t even touched on the ways that Ender represents morality, or the idea that your intentions can shape your ethics … or how wicked Ben Kingsley looks with his super awesome face tattoo. You guys, we have so much to talk about!!!
Whew. See: I told you I would need a minute.