Great news! Ridley Scott (who has directed brilliant films like Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator & Matchstick) is directing The Martian, a new sci-fi film starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film is based on the 2012 novel of same name by Andy Weir.
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 crew mates 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. Check out the trailer below. I’m pretty sure you’ll get excited.
This looks like it has potential. This trailer makes me want to “Science The Shit” out of everything. Maybe I’ll develop a phone that doesn’t need to be charged or maybe I’ll find a way to develop a unique renewable energy source, who knows?
The Martian is scheduled to be released in October 2015 in the USA. There is no release date for South Africa yet.
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