THE MARTIAN is a film based on the hugely popular novel of the same name from writer Andy Weir. This is a film I have been looking forward to because I’m curious how the story will translate as a film. The novel is told mostly through log entries and the main character Mark (played by Matt Damon) is alone so there really is little to no actual dialogue going on. But hey, it worked for CASTAWAY so what the hell do I know. Check out the official synopsis from 20th Century Fox along with the trailer below.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
So yeah, this trailer actually looks pretty great. And besides seeing a stellar cast on screen here, the film is being helmed by director Ridley Scott which pretty much means it’s going to be a great film. And Scott is no stranger to science fiction with ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, and PROMETHEUS already on his resume. Not too shabby.
THE MARTIAN lands in theaters on October 2nd 2015