Slowly but surely, official images for the upcoming film The Martian have been released and have started whetting our appetites for the Mars survival story. Adapted from Andy Weir's novel, at the helm of the film is a director familiar with extraterrestrial settings, Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus).
The all-star cast includes recognizable names such as: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
Here's the official plot of the film according to IMDb:
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.
While this might sound a bit like last year's Interstellar, which also featured Matt Damon in a survival role, according to Ridley Scott it will give fans an entirely different view of space exploration than we're used to. According to Scott in an interview with Empire, the film can be seen as "a 21st century Robinson Crusoe."
Scott states that unlike other space-based films, and despite the title, this movie isn't about life on Mars other than the life of Earthling Mark Watney (Damon):
Just geology. The last thing Mark’s thinking about is life on Mars. He’s thinking about how to save his life on Mars.
Frankly he’s got 28 days to live – and that’s if everything goes well for him. Instead of him collapsing into terror – He knuckles down and actually starts to work out [how long he can survive].
While I think we're lightyears away from exhausting Alien storylines from movies, I also think it will be great seeing a space exploration story that's based more on perseverance and human life than searching for the extraterrestrial.
The Martian will hit theaters on November 27.