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First Trailer for “The Martian” Released

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The first official trailer for the big screen adaptation of The Martian has been released. The film is based on the novel written by Andy Weir and stars Matt Damon in the lead role of a stranded astronaut on Mars.

During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after being caught in a fierce storm, and is left behind when the rest of the crew evacuate the planet and begin to head back to Earth. Watney finds himself stranded and alone, with only meagre supplies and his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal home, despite knowing that even if his survival is made known there is no realistic prospect for a rescue.

The movie seems to focus on some of the most interesting elements of the book such as Watney’s attempts to grow crops on Mars as a means to survive.

The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott with an all-star cast including Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more.

The Martian comes out in theaters Nov. 25. You can watch the trailer below:

Ridley Scott Eyes “The Martian” Film Adaptation

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Ridley Scott is looking to direct the upcoming 20th Century Fox project The Martian. The film is based on the novel by Andy Weir which was published as an e-book in 2012 and released in print earlier this year.

The Martian is officially described as follows:

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?

Matt Damon is currently attached to star in the film. Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are attached to produce The Martian with Steve Asbell overseeing for Fox.

There is no word if Scott has been officially hired but rumors are that he is pretty close.