Arrival is an upcoming sci-fi drama based on Ted Chiang’s 1998 sci-fi short story “Story of Your Life” - which was also the film's original title. Oscar-nominee and celebrated character actor Amy Adams stars in the film alongside an acting crew that includes other well-respected character actors in Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner, as well as Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg of A Serious Man fame (among other movies). Combine that with acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve calling the shots and it's easy to see why Paramount Pictures has given Arrival an awards seasons-friendly fall release date.
Written by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out), Arrival will be getting a full-length trailer next week (from the time of writing this) on Tuesday, August 16th. In the meantime however, you can check out the film's "Global War" TV trailer (see above) - itself, basically a teaser trailer, for all intents and purposes.
Here is the official synopsis for Arrival, followed by images from the film that recently debuted at USA Today:
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Renner described Arrival as being “if you blended a (Stanley) Kubrick and a (Steven) Spielberg movie," during his interview with USA Today. Adams, meanwhile, touched upon how the experience of making Arrival differed from her experiences playing Lois Lane in the first two DC Extended Universe movies, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (as well as the in-production Justice League):
“This isn’t a graphic-novel universe or creating a new universe. This happens in our world today, as it exists. Not having to transport myself to a universe where superheroes exist, which is also fun, really helped me ground the character and the experience.”
In addition, Renner says “You see the divide in the unity with people across the world and what that does as well," when humanity makes "First Contact" with the aliens featured in Arrival. Villeneuve's directorial efforts in general tend to have overt sociopolitical overtones similar to those that Renner suggests can be found in Arrival; be they a story of brothers set in the Middle-East (Incendies), a kidnapping drama that unfolds in the American suburbs (Prisoners), or a tale about the lawlessness near the U.S. and Mexico border (Sicario). As such, Arrival could be a good place to start for those moviegoers who have yet to see any of Villeneuve's films, but are interested in this one - and finding out if his other work is deserving of the buzz that it has generated.
As for tease of the aliens near the end of the Arrival TV trailer: Adams further hinted at their appearance when interviewed by USA Today, recalling that on set she was acting opposite “a very brightly lit white screen with these awesome puppeteers who ran around holding very long poles with big orbs on the end.” Take that as you will.
Arrival opens in U.S. theaters on November 11th, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures
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