Last year, Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” about an FBI agent enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a Mexican drug cartel, garnered critical acclaim and commercial success and netted three Oscar nominations to boot. Now, Villeneuve returns with his sci-fi drama “Arrival,” starring Amy Adams (“The Master”) and Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”). Based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” the film follows linguist Louis Banks (Adams) who’s hired by the government to help translate alien communications after a dozen extraterrestrial pods enter Earth’s atmosphere. Watch a trailer for the film below and check out the poster as well.
Villeneuve has previously directed eight feature films, including “Enemy,” about a man who seeks out his doppelgänger after spotting him in a movie, “Prisoners,” about the abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania, and “Incendies,” about twins who journey to the Middle East to discover their family history.
Adams has been nominated for five Oscars, for her performances in Phil Morrison’s “Junebug,” John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” and David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” and “American Hustle.” Alongside “Arrival,” she will appear in Tom Ford’s newest film “Nocturnal Animals.”
“Arrival” made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this past September. It also screened at Telluride, Toronto, and Fantastic Fest. It will open wide in theaters and in IMAX on November 11.