Just last week, 20th Century Fox released an all-new trailer for director Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi masterpiece The Martian. Then, last night, during the Fear the Walking Dead premiere, they debuted the first TV spot, which gave us an extended look at the movie. We have that preview for you here, now, if you missed it last night. It features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
This latest footage is pretty close to what we saw in trailer #2. Matt Damon proclaims himself the world's best botanist as he fights to survive on Mars. The look and tone of the movie are very similar to Ridley Scott's 2012 thriller Prometheus. But this movie is firmly establishing its own sense of humor. That's something we don't typically get from Ridley Scott, and it's a welcome change. Matt Damon seems to perfectly capture the main character, whom readers first fell in love with in the book of the same name.
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. 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. The Martian is based on the novel by author Andy Weir. It landed at number 12 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcore fiction when it debuted in March, 2014. The best-selling book has since become a favorite amongst hardcore sci-fi enthusiasts and general audiences alike.
Mark Watney isn't the only astronaut we get to meet in the movie. Earlier footage introduced us to the rest of his Ares 3 crew, who, as you see in this latest sneak peek, mount a rescue mission to save their comrade against NASA's commands. Michael Peña is Rick Martinez, who considered himself a lot funnier than he actually is. Though, his own branded sense of self-humor never stands in the way of him becoming a true hero. Astronaut Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) is the first ever woman commander of an Ares mission. She doesn't have time for chauvinistic comments, and quickly proves herself to be one of the best leader's NASA has ever had. And then there is German astronaut Alex Vogel, who knows his place in this story a little too well (do you think he'll surivive?).
The last two members of the crew are Sebastian Stan as Christopher Beck. He is the doctor on the crew. And then there is Kate Mara, who plays Beth Johanssen. She's the best at summing up this crew, and may hold the key to their ultimate survival. Ridley Scott's The Martian is in theaters this November, just in time for the Holidays. Some believe it will be the next Gravity. But with Matt Damon playing a foul-mouthed comic book loving astro-botanist, this thriller definitely has a personality all its own. Take a look at the latest sneak peek. It's clear that this is going to be one of the biggest hits this fall, and might even strive for Oscar gold. Does it have a chance? We think so!