The actress explains why Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel has withstood the test of time in this exclusive interview.
Back in 1985, bestselling author Orson Scott Card imagined much of the technology that exists today when writing Ender’s Game. While there’s no alien invasion, at least not yet, tablets, touch screen computers and remote-controlled drones are all modern day mainstays. Hailie Steinfeld steps into the sci-fi world of Ender’s Game, the $100 million special effects-laden film that brings the first book to life on the big screen. She talks about the lure of the novel and how video games are influencing today’s generation in this exclusive interview.
What do you feel that is about the story of Ender’s game that has been able to stand the test of time?
There are so many themes of leadership, compassion and all these traits within each character that call for confidence and independence and strength. Somewhere in the world there’s somebody experiencing some situation to some degree that has to do with handling it the way these characters do in the movie and I think that there is a strength in confidence within everybody. It’s just a matter of finding it.
What role did technology play in bringing these video game like Battle School sequences to life?
That was something that was really interesting to me given we spent most of our time in front of a green screen with nothing around us. When we were on our practical sets in the bunk rooms you’d go and get your flash suit, you press a button and it’s there. All of that stuff was so interesting to me mainly because it was written almost thirty years ago and none of that stuff really existed then. Technology is something we rely so much on today that it’s really sort of relatable and relevant.