Director Gavin Hood's take on Orson Scott Card's sci-fi classic seems to be doing what no other attempt at adaptation has: move forward. After the news that Hugo's Asa Butterfield will play Andrew Wiggin and Harrison Ford is being courted for General Graff, True Grit's Hailie Steinfeld might join the Battle School, too.
Steinfeld is in negotiations to play Petra Arkadian, the rare female student at the Battle School and one of Ender's dearest friends. While she wasn't the youngest actor ever nominated for an Oscar—that'd be Kramer vs. Kramer's 8-year-old Justin Henry—Steinfeld is definitely one of the most promising fresh faces to come down the pike in a long while.
We're getting more optimistic about this Ender's Game flick all the time.