Following the first trailer for Warner Bros.' The Martian that debuted last month, the studio has released new photos, courtesy of Total Film. These images show Matt Damon's Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet all by himself with no way back to Earth. We still have just a few months until Ridley Scott's sci-fi adaptation hits theaters, so these photos will surely be the first of many.
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. The Martian will hit theaters on October 2, going up against The Weinstein Company's Adam Jones.
This adaptation of Andy Weir's beloved novel reportedly uses "real science" with "no movie cheats," as Mark Watney tries to find a way back home. Director Ridley Scott also produced The Martian, alongside Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam and Aditya Sood. These photos also include the "Mars walkers" and the cover of this months' Total Film, featuring Matt Damon in his astronaut gear.
It's very possible that The Martian could be this year's Gravity, with its plot about literally being lost in space, although at least Mark Watney is stranded on an actual planet, and not in the vast expanse of space. With its recent shift from Thanksgiving weekend to October 2, the sci-fi movie also opens in the same early October release slot that Gravity opened in. Could The Martian be just as successful as Gravity? We'll find out in a few months, but until then, check out these photos.