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‘Arrival’ Official Trailer: Amy Adams and Denis Villeneuve Make Alien Contact In Ambitious Sci-Fi Drama

Amy Adams leads a dangerous alien mission in what is surely one of the year's most ambitious original studio films.



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With five Oscar nominations under her belt, Amy Adams is pretty much the new Leonardo DiCaprio. Incredible turns in “The Master” and “American Hustle” have certainly gotten her close, and some would say should’ve even sealed the deal, yet she’s remained a perennial nominee and a constant potential frontrunner anytime a new project lines up a fall release date. Such is the case with Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction drama “Arrival” this year. Last week’s teaser effectively introduced the plot, but the new official trailer is all about the power of Amy Adams.

READ MORE: ‘Arrival’ Teaser Trailer: What Other Studios Can Learn From the Brief, Spoiler-Free Clip

“Arrival” is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion. When a dozen extraterrestrial pods enter the atmosphere, the government brings in an esteemed linguist, Louise Banks (Adams), to attempt to decipher their language and figure out their intent on Earth. She’s helped by a military official (Forest Whitaker) and a mathematician (Jeremy Renner). Considering Villeneuve’s knack for twisty narratives (see “Enemy” for example), expect Banks’ attempt to crack the code to yield sufficient psychological drama.

Paramount Pictures will open “Arrival” on November 11, a prime release date for awards contention. Even more, the film will have an aggressive rollout on the festival circuit with screenings at both Venice and TIFF next month. The studio is clearly positioning this as one of their prestige contenders, so expect Adams to be in the conversation all season long.

Watch the new trailer below.

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