First ‘The Martian’ Trailer: Matt Damon is Stuck on Mars in Ridley Scott’s Latest

We shared the first promo video and a character sheet only recently, and the very first The Martian trailer is already here.

The latest film from director Ridley Scott sees Matt Damon star as Mark Watney, an astronaut who is left behind on Mars following a freak storm. After managing to get a message to Earth, the race is soon on to get back to the red planet to save him.

It’s somewhat surprising that 20th Century Fox didn’t release a quick little teaser first, but we’re not complaining; this big first trailer looks great. Damon’s second consecutive foray into space a year after Interstellar looks like a dramatic and energetic survival pic, even if this trailer reveals a tad too much.

There’s a huge cast, including Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Scott’s directing from a screenplay by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods), so here’s hoping we’re in for quite the treat.

Scott is rightly known as a visionary director, thanks to films such as Alien and Blade Runner, but he hasn’t exactly been hitting them out of the park in recent years; Robin Hood, The Counselor, Exodus: Gods and Kings, even Prometheus all had their fair share of detractors. Fingers crossed The Martian puts Scott back in the A-league.

The Martian hits the U.S. on November 25.

Official synopsis for The Martian:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

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