After the critically acclaimed hat trick of “Shotgun Stories,” “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” writer-director Jeff Nichols is painting on his most ambitious canvas yet for the upcoming sci-fi drama “Midnight Special.” Reuniting with his longtime collaborator Michael Shannon, Nichols looks to be bringing some menacing adult sensibitlies to what, on paper, sounds very much like an Amblin Entertainment/Steve Spielberg-esque childhood saga.
Shannon plays the father of Jaeden Lieberher’s Alton, an eight-year-old boy with special powers. As religious extremists, local law enforcement and the federal government all try and hunt down the boy, the father must embark on a dangerous quest to bring his son to safety. Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star.
While many of the plot specifics are being kept under wraps, a new UK trailer teases the cataclysmic chase to come. Watch the trailer above. “Midnight Special” opens in the U.S. on March 18, 2016.