Monday, June 08, 2015

First Trailer: Matt Damon is The Martian

Last fall, after some insistent prodding from my MovieFilm partner-in-crime Brian Hall, I finally checked out the audiobook for Andy Weir's The Martian, and I was so glad I did. The novel is an absolutely riveting story about an astronaut who's left stranded on Mars following a sandstorm, and who must somehow contrive a way to let mission control know he's alive, while surviving long enough for a rescue mission to get to the Red Planet. I ended up devouring the whole thing over the course of a week's worth of commutes, and for awhile there I was contriving reasons to get in my car just so I could listen to just a little bit more.

Ever since, I've been eagerly awaiting anything about the upcoming feature film adaptation. With its heavy grounding in science, plus a compelling leading character whose first-person narration guides us through much of the story, this is a story that's practically tailor-made for a big screen adaptation, and today's debut trailer sure doesn't disappoint. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian stars a perfectly-cast Matt Damon in the title role of astronaut Mark Watney, and also features an all-star lineup of established vets and up-and-comers backing him up. I'm excited. You should be too. Watch the vid below, and look for The Martian to hit the screen this November.

(And I don't even want to hear the Interstellar comparisons just because Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain are in both. They're totally different.)

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