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When Ridley Scott has gone to space in the past, it has always been with a serious eye for drama and horror (think “Alien” and “Prometheus”). But the filmmaker is changing things up considerably in his new space exploration adventure picture, “The Martian.”
Based on the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, the film stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead by his crew after a fierce storm on Mars. In fact, Watney has survived, and when he wakes up he finds himself stranded on the hostile planet. With only a few supplies, he must draw upon his intellect to find a way to communicate to Earth that he’s alive. Meanwhile, his crew members devise a life-or-death plan to rescue him. Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig co-star.
All the stunning space vistas you’d expect from a Ridley Scott astronaut movie are front and center in the new trailer above, but the added dose of comedy and snark, plus the soundtrack of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” give the film a lighter tone than expected. We’re clearly worlds away from the existentialism of “Prometheus.”
“The Martian” will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters nationwide October 2.