Focus Features has revealed a new teaser and poster for the upcoming sci-fi movie Captive State, with a trailer coming tomorrow. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Captive State takes place ten years after an extra-terrestrial force has taken over the city of Chicago, and explores the lives of both collaborators and dissidents trying to survive in this bizarre new future.
John Goodman heads up the movie's cast, together with Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Colson Baker and Vera Farmiga. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly also puts in an appearance, and in fact reportedly had a rough time on the production, suffering a fractured sternum after absorbing multiple punches from an actor portraying a police officer. Madeline Brewer, D.B. Sweeney, Alan Ruck and James Ransone round out the movie's cast.
Ahead of tomorrow's Captive State trailer release, Focus Features has offered up a teaser clip as well as new poster art for the sci-fi film. The teaser doesn't give away a whole lot as it flashes through several images loosely tied to the movie's plot about an alien takeover (notably, there are no glimpses of the actual aliens). The teaser can be seen in the space below, with the poster art below that.
Story-wise, Captive State looks to have a lot in common with other alien occupation stories, notably the classic '80s sci-fi series V (which reportedly may return as a film trilogy). Of course, such stories are often loaded with political allegory, and that seems to be the case with Captive State as well. The poster art especially leans into certain relevant political themes with its image of a young black man in a hoodie holding a smoke flare that fills up the image with billows of red smoke. The movie being set in Chicago adds to the film's potential to stir up some politically charged themes. Like the teaser, the poster doesn't give away any specifics about the aliens in the story and what they look like. Perhaps the trailer will provide more information about the nature of the invaders and their technology.
In a way, the premise of Captive State plays like an inversion of Neill Blomkamp's District 9, which was also about aliens mingling with earthlings, but in that case the aliens were actually held captive by humanity. Rupert Wyatt and Erica Beeney co-wrote the script for the film, whose budget reportedly came in at a relatively modest $25 million. Captive State is set for release on March 29th, 2019.
Source: Focus Features