Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Annihilation, the latest from Ex Machina writer and director Alex Garland. Annihilation is set to be released in theaters on February 23, 2018. You can also view the first photo released from the film at Entertainment Weekly’s site.
The movie is based on author Jeff VanderMeer‘s Southern Reach trilogy, and stars Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon), Tessa Thompson (Creed, Westworld), Tuva Novotny (A War, Dag), and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina).
The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that “reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world” (Kim Stanley Robinson).
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.