Jeff Nichols has been on an unstoppable roll thanks to "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud," and now the writer-director is making a big return with the sci-fi drama "Midnight Special." Reuniting with his longtime collaborator Michael Shannon, Nichols seems to have imagined his most ambitious story yet, one that brings some menacing adult sensibitlies to what, on paper, sounds very much like a 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.
The mysterious debut clip below teases that the characters might have even more extreme obstacles to face, as numerous meteor-looking fireballs descend from the sky while Shannon and his son have an intense encounter.
"Midnight Special," which will screen at both SXSW and the Berlin International Film Festival, opens in the U.S. on March 18, 2016.