Returning to space for his next film — this time alien-free — Ridley Scott’s The Martian is one of our most-anticipated tentpoles of the fall. With strong material backing it up (Andy Weir‘s 2012 novel) and a capable writer adapting (Drew Goddard), the story follows Matt Damon‘s character stranded on the distant planet and (at least initially) cut off from communication with the outside world.
While somewhat initially recalling his role in last year’s Interstellar, the similarities soon wear off as this becomes a survival story with about half of the tale taking place back on Earth as NASA attempt to bring him back from Mars, and the world hangs onto every moment. With an epic, varied, cast, including Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Mackenze Davis, Donald Glover, Michael Pena, and more, the first epic trailer running over three minutes has finally arrived today.
Following yesterday’s fun launch video, check it out below, along with the poster and new images.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.
The Martian opens on October 2nd.