Today (Nov. 1) sci-fi blockbuster “Ender’s Game” hits theaters. It features stars like Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. But playing the lead role of wonder boy Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is 16-year-old Englishman Asa Butterfield.
As Butterfield explains to Billboard, “Ender’s Game” is about kids that are “taken off to Battle School where they are trained to be the next leaders and strategists to defend Earth against an alien invasion, which is coming imminently. [Ender] makes a few friends and lots of enemies while he’s there.” Sounds intense.
Plenty will plant their tails in theaters all over to watch it this weekend and see what Ender’s made of. To that end, Billboard wanted to dig a bit deeper into the psyche of the movie’s young lead and asked Butterfield to make a short playlist of songs that would probably help his Ender along his journey from boy to world soldier.
The Glitch Mob’s “Animus Vox”
Why: “Whenever I hear it, it makes everything sound epic. You can brush your teeth and be listening to this song and it’s epic. It works with pretty much any scene in the film.”
Why: “There’s so many layers to Ender. He would have a good time dissecting and it, because it’s so complex.”
Bonobo’s “The Keeper”
Why: “The time that Ender spends on the lake, it’s quite peaceful and ideal. The song reflects that in a way. And the reason he’s there is that he’s watching this kid die. So it reflects happy times as well as the sad.”
Gorillaz’s “All Alone”
Why: “You could reference it throughout the whole film. [Ender]’s sort of isolated. From the beginning, he’s always alienated from his peers.”
Deadmau5’s “HR 8938 Cephei”
Why: “This is for when Ender’s in the Mind Game. It’s a house track, so it’s got a steady beat to it, which I think with any computer game, you’ve got to have that sort of rhythm. But also, the mind game itself is kind of weird and slightly otherworldly. The song has synths that are unique.”