With critically acclaimed films like Prisoners and Sicario under his belt, Denis Villeneuve is one of the up-and-coming directors in the industry. His previous successes have landed him a high-profile gig as the helmsman for Blade Runner 2, but before he calls the shots on that movie, audiences will get a taste of his approach to sci-fi in the form of this year's Arrival. A first contact drama, it tells the story of a linguist (Amy Adams) who must determine if alien visitors are friend or foe.
Just under three months remain until the film's premiere (as of this writing), and the studios are now beginning their marketing campaign. Domestic distributor Paramount got things started in the way of a TV spot and images last week, and now they've released the first full trailer to set the stage for the plot. You can watch the preview above.
The trailer establishes an outline for the narrative, in which Adams' Dr. Louise Banks discovers that the ship that's in the U.S.A. is one of 12 such craft across the globe. As the countries of the world try to work together to figure out the aliens' intentions, some nations view the extraterrestrials as a threat, and the possibility of a war looms over the operation. In addition, there are severe personal stakes at hand for Banks, as she's greatly impacted by her work with the aliens (see: Jeremy Renner's line, "Are you dreaming in their language?"). Per the official synopsis, Banks takes a chance that could spell the end of her life and humanity, so Villeneuve isn't cutting any corners.