Matt Damon is certainly developing a habit for getting stranded on far out planets alone. Following Interstellar, in his next film The Martian Damon leads a crew of astronauts on a mission to Mars, only to get stuck in a storm separating him from his team, forcing him to survive and make it back to Earth.
Ridley Scott directs the sci-fi adaptation of Andy Weir’s book, and today we get our first look at Damon and his astronaut crew that also includes Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Pena. The film received this brief teaser of Mark Watney (Damon) introducing Earth-dwelling onlookers on social media to the team responsible for charting a course to Mars. Additionally, Scott spoke with Entertainment Weekly about Damon’s role.
“He finds he has a problem, and instead of him collapsing into terror—because he’s got 28 days to live – and that’s if everything goes well for him – he knuckles down and actually starts to work it out,” Scott said to EW.
While the film is billed as a sci-fi adventure, The Martian won’t have Damon contending with aliens, just “geology”, as Scott put it. And while this teaser doesn’t set foot on the Red Planet, it does give a hint at Scott’s all-star cast, also including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kirsten Wiig, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, and Naomi Scott.
Scott even pulled a similar trick with a curious teaser centered around Michael Fassbender’s David prior to the release of Prometheus, so we’re hoping for the best. Read the full synopsis and watch the teaser below:
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.