There is something about Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi film that looks oddly familiar. Perhaps it’s because Matt Damon is portraying an astronaut in distress again. The actor previously had a similar role in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and his “Interstellar” co-star Jessica Chastain is also playing in Scott’s film for an unspecified role.

Empire Online and EW, 20th Century Fox gave us a first look at the new film by releasing a series of official photos via Empire Online and EW:

Based on Andy Weir’s sci-fi thriller novel of the same name, the movie is written by “The Cabin In The Woods” director Drew Goddard as a project he was originally going to helm. David Fugat, the author’s literary agent, described “The Martian”as “Apollo 13” meets “Castaway” when he sent the story to Julian Pavia at Crown.


The official synopsis is as follows:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (played by 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.

A star-studded cast is featured in the film including Damon, Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

The Martian - Matt Damon

The adaptation is directed by Scott, who is best known for his work on multiple sci-fi films including “Alien” and “Prometheus”. He produced it alongside Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam, and Aditya Sood.

“The Martian” is slated for release 25th November 2015 and the trailer is expected to arrive on August with the release of Fox’s “Fantastic Four“.

Check out the rest of the photos at Empire Online and EW.

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