Audi designers Frank Rimili and Bjorn Wehrti spend more than 15 months to create a new Audi that appears for a mere 10 seconds on film for the new Harrison Ford sci-fi flick “Ender’s Game.” Not only that, the new fleet shuttle Quattro is never actually used in the film, although its image is digitally substituted for the stand-in Audi A-7 which Ford’s drives.
Although the original concept was loosely based on the current A-7 hatchback coupe , the film’s director Gavin Hood felt he needed something more futuristic and progressive since the movie takes place more than a century into our future.
"We really did the design especially for the movie, which opens Friday," Rimili said, adding that "There is no intention to have design features that we will transfer to production cars."
Still, he and Wehrti found that being given the chance to design a fictional car from the ground up was “a thrill for someone used to the constraints of the real world.”
"It was like playing in the sandpit," Rimili said. "It was a fantastic experience. It’s like training your creative experience again."
Set in 2135, “Enders Game” follows the training of a brilliant young boy named Ender Wiggen (played by Asa Butterfield), who has been chosen by Ford’s character as humanity’s “final hope in defeating a race of aliens that had nearly wiped out mankind several decades earlier.”
This is only the latest latest block-buster credit for Audi cars , which have appeared in movies such as “I Robot,” “ Iron Man and Iron Man 3, and “Wolverine,” to name a few.