Interstellar costars Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon are headed back to outer space in the upcoming film The Martian. Damon headlines the Ridley Scott movie as Mark Watney, an unabashedly nerdy astronaut whose scientific know-how comes in handy when he is stranded on the Red Planet, after he is presumed dead by his fellow Ares 3 mission crew members. Chastain costars in the film as Melissa Lewis, the Ares 3 mission's disciplined commander, who leads the charge to rescue Mark upon learning that he is still alive... for the time being, anyway.
The second U.S. trailer for The Martian provides additional plot details for the film, regarding what Mark does in order to stay alive on Mars while the Ares 3 crew (and NASA personnel back on Earth) scramble to figure out how they can save him - or, rather, if they can save him. Give that trailer a watch, above.
Both Martian trailers released to date have illustrated the dire nature of Mark's situation, but both Damon's character and the film (as a whole) have a comparatively upbeat perspective on the situation, going by the tone of the film's second theatrical preview in particular. Whereas the marketing for the recent Oscar-winning space adventures by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and Christopher Nolan (Intertellar) was intently dramatic and emphasized the intensity of their narratives, Martian promos have applied a comparatively less somber touch (see the inclusion of Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" in the new trailer), along with more humor to help ease the tension of the scary situations that are presented.
This, in turn, has allowed the Martian's marketing to better showcase Mark as being a fully-developed character, by showing how his attitude allows him to deal with his circumstances... without losing his mind in the process.
The Martian could well prove to be Scott's best film in recent memory, seeing as the project - based on Andy Weir's book of the same name - boasts the impressive visuals that have always characterized the filmmaker's work, but with what looks to be a better screenplay than he's drawn from over the past few years (compared to projects like Exodus: Gods and Kings, for example). Weir's novel was adapted for the big screen by Drew Goddard, who has demonstrated a knack for crafting this sort of genre fare with a mix of intelligence, humor, and even some poignance, as evidenced by his work on Cabin in the Woods (which he directed and co-wrote), as well as Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil TV series (which he created).
Combine that with the pedigree of the film's cast - which, in addition to Damon and Chastain, also includes Kate Mara (Fantastic Four), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jeff Daniels (Steve Jobs), and Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters (2016)), among others - and there's good reason to think that The Martian could prove to be something special.
The Martian opens in U.S. theaters on October 2nd, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox