Hot off a much talked-about Berlin International Film Festival premiere just last week, Jeff Nichols’ long-anticipated sci-fi outing “Midnight Special” has a brand new trailer to show off, and Indiewire is very pleased to exclusively debut it here.
The new trailer is packed with plenty of pull quotes from admiring Berlinale critics that should only excite audiences further. The latest film from the “Mud” and “Take Shelter” director seems to harken back to classic sci-fi features from the likes of John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg — one of the new trailer’s quotes calls it out as “close encounters of a new kind” — and this new look has imagery and tension to match that lofty praise.
In the film, Michael 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. Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star.
The film will next screen at SXSW and will open in the U.S. on March 18.
Check out our exclusive new trailer above.