We’ve got our first real look at Matt Damon as an astronaut in Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi thriller The Martian. The film is an adaptation of a book written by Andy Weir, which follows an astronaut (Damon) who is part of the first team of space explorers to walk on Mars. Things don’t go too well for him when he ends up being stranded on the red planet after a dust storm comes along and forces the rest of his crew leave him there alone. To make things worse, there’s no way for him to signal his colleagues and let them know that he’s still alive.
The script was written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), also has an incredible supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott.
There’s a lot of great talent involved with this project, and I think it has solid potential to be an incredible movie. It’d be cool to see Scott do something great again. Hopefully this movie is it. Here’s the official description of the story:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
The Martian hits theaters on November 25th.