Ben Kingsley's Mazer Rackham is put on display for the first time in the latest photo for Ender's Game, which will debut its trailer on May 7. Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, this adaptation is set in a future where the Earth was nearly destroyed by an alien race known as the Formics, had it not been for the heroics of Mazer Rackham. Now, Rackham trains the next generation of heroes at the elite Battle School, where he meets young Ender (Asa Butterfield). Take a look at this photo, then read on to see what the actor had to say about the intricacies of his character.

Ender's Game Ben Kingsley Photo

The actor spoke about the screenplay adaptation by writer-director Gavin Hood, and how it sets up the power and mystery that Mazer Rackham wields.

"In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery. There's quite a lot said about him in the story before you see him - by the recruits and by his fellow officers - and that's useful as far as preparations."

When asked about the elaborate facial tattoos Mazer Rackham has, the actor explains that it's all a part of his family history.

"Every gesture in the tattoo carries family history, family struggles - it's your past. I was so enthralled. He's in quite a contained, stylized uniform but then this wonderful face tells his warrior history."

Stay tuned for the first trailer for Ender's Game on May 7.