Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars trying desperately to get home — haven’t we seen that movie before? Apparently not! From director Ridley Scott comes the next big science fiction epic, The Martin, starring Damon alongside Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Michael Peña. Based on Andy Weir’s book of the same title, the film centers on Damon as “a man with only a finite amount of time to figure out how to survive after a storm leaves him behind on Mars and presumed dead by his crew.”
“The last thing Mark’s thinking about is life on Mars. He’s thinking about how to save his life on Mars,” Scott told EW. “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.”
Speaking to thematic connections to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Jessica Chastain said:
“Through Interstellar and watching the fun that Annie [Hathaway] and Matt had playing astronauts, I thought, ‘I really want to do that…It was about two weeks later, Ridley called me and asked me if I would play an astronaut in his next film — I jumped at the chance, of course. It has been great to do the research and learn as much as I can about space.”
The Martin opens November 25th, which brings it to theaters just in time for the holidays and award season chatter. But if you just cannot wait for a taste of what’s to come, today you can check out the first trailer and 3-minute promo for the film below.