If you're a fan of Sicario, The Martian, Star Wars, Interstellar, Alien or basically just anything space, get ready to blast off on a rocket of hype. The trailer for Denis Villeneuve's upcoming sci-fi thriller Arrival just dropped, and it looks like it takes the best parts of the movies listed above and throws them into a blender with a pinch of Amy Adams (can't go wrong) and a dash of Jeremy Renner (just in case).
The result? The smoothest, juiciest blend of science-y, mysterious, extra-terrestrial goodness you ever drank. If you're as confused about this metaphor as I am, just press play on the trailer below.
The basic premise of Arrival is as follows: When a mysterious spacecraft descends on Earth, linguistics expert Louise Banks (Adams) is chosen to join a liaison team to communicate with the aliens on board and determine the nature of their intentions.
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Renner plays a "genius mathematician", which feels like a stretch, while Forest Whitaker is a senior US military colonel overseeing the team. That's a pretty killer cast, but the most exciting aspect of Arrival is the man in the director's chair. Villeneuve did such a stellar job on Sicario, the insanely intense story of a SWAT team tasked with bringing down a Mexican drug cartel, that it's hard to imagine Arrival could be anything less than excellent.
The film will premiere at Venice in September before hitting theaters later this year. It's a pretty great time to be a fan of sci-fi in general. Also coming this year is Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as Aurora and Jim, two of 5,259 people on board a ship to a distant planet who awaken a long, long time before they're due to reach their destination. 90 whole years, in fact. That's kind of a problem. Expect big things when Passengers hits theaters Dec 21.
Also on the way is Life, the story of a journey to Mars starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson (who sizzled in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation). That hits May 2017. With Rogue One set to deliver our Star Wars fix, has there ever been a better time to be a big old spacegeek? Arrival crashlands in theaters November 11.
Passengers v Arrival: Dawn of Life — Which space odyssey/sci-fi thriller are you most stoked for?