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Watch: Eerie First Clip From Jeff Nichols’ ‘Midnight Special’ With Michael Shannon And Joel Edgerton

Watch: Eerie First Clip From Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' With Michael Shannon And Joel Edgerton

Multiplexes worldwide have been crammed front to back for the last few years with superhero movies. But while Jeff Nichols‘ upcoming "Midnight Special" features a protagonist with paranormal abilities, everything else about the movie seems cut from a different cloth than the Marvel films.

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Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard star in the movie about a young boy whose special gifts make him seem like both savior and possible menace by the public and government. Here’s the official synopsis: 

In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.

The first clip below has a terrific tone, and I can’t wait to see what Nichols does with his first big studio effort. "Midnight Special" hits the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW before opening wide on March 18th.

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