ByErin Mulrane, writer at

The long awaited trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ was released today at 9am EST.

Guys, it’s everything I wanted it to be and more. I cried tears of excitement.

From the ‘little book that could’ to one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, the journey of ‘The Martian’ is a fantastic triumph of self-publishing worthy of it’s own movie. Clearly I'm a gigantic fan.

Fans of the novel rejoiced today. In addition to glorious glimpses of the Hab (potatoes!), the astronaut suits (duct tape!) and the ruddy landscape of Mars, we finally got to see Mark Watney in all his funny and resourceful glory. Matt Damon channels the Watney of the book as he gleefully declares, “I’m gonna have to science this shit out of this,” and “In your face, Neil Armstrong!”

Good news – if you haven’t read the book, there’s still time. Starting with this trailer, the studio has planned a 150 day promotional roll out leading up to the films official premiere in November. As it hypothetically takes 150 days to travel to Mars, the theme is keeping with the mathematical accuracy from the book.

Not convinced? Here are 5 Reasons Why ‘The Martian’ is going to rock the box office this fall.

One – The Story

Described as ‘Apollo 13 meets Castaway,’ the story of a stranded astronaut on an inhospitable planet is a ready-made blockbuster survival story. Main character Mark Watney is a fun hybrid of class clown and valedictorian. If the dialogue and plot is consistently lifted directly from the books, as it appears to be here in the trailer, it is certain that Watney will become a beloved character for the ages.

Author Andy Weir and Matt Damon on the set. Photo: Andy Weir via Facebook
Author Andy Weir and Matt Damon on the set. Photo: Andy Weir via Facebook

Two – The Cast

The trailer showcases a cavalcade of acting powerhouses. Aside from Matt Damon’s Watney, Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Chiwetel Ejiofor lead the cast, and comedy alums Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover promise to help bring the funny.

Three – The man, the myth, the legend: Ridley Scott.

The accomplished and visionary director who brought us Blade Runner, Alien, and Black Hawk Down, is at the helm for this one. While Scott’s films have recently been receiving mixed reviews (See: the totally bonkers disaster The Counselor. No, seriously, go see it. It’s a so-bad-it’s-good situation) he clearly shines in outer space. Based on the footage and tone of the trailer, it appears that Scott has made sure to include it all – emotion, drama, comedy, action, and a healthy dose of suspense.

"Where did I park my car?" Photo: 20th Century Fox
"Where did I park my car?" Photo: 20th Century Fox

Four – Mars Attacks!

Mark Watney has to survive on Mars using only his wits, some seriously diesel NASA equipment, and duct tape. Unlike most films about space travel, there’s no villain to root against. There’s only the red planet.

Recently the Washington Post reported that the book has helped bring attention back to the struggling programs at NASA, and may even help save the historic space program.

Five – Potatoes, Disco, and Duct Tape

Hilarious references will abound for viewers who have read the book. There will most certainly be a healthy dose of disco and duct tape, and potatoes, not popcorn will be the snack of choice for moviegoers in the know.

It’s no spoiler that Watney has to survive on a makeshift garden of potatoes. Invoking shades of Wall-E, a teeny green sprout gets a bit of screen time in the trailer, indicating a bastion of hope. So, naturally I’ll be feasting on potatoes. I totally plan on grabbing a few bags of potato chips, and maybe a side of fries to help me celebrate the premiere of the movie. Perhaps I’ll add a side of mashed potatoes too. As long as it’s not an “all-organic, Martian grown potato” I’m totally in good shape.

The Martian hits theaters November 25th, 2015. That’s in less than 150 sols.


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