The official trailer for Paramount Pictures’ Annihilation is definitely going to give a boost to sales of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. The film was adapted from VanderMeer’s bestselling, award-winning first book of the trilogy for the screen by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) who also directed the sci-fi action thriller.
Natalie Portman leads the cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. Scott Rudin, Andrew MacDonald, Allon Reich, and Eli Bush served as producers.
Annihilation will open in theaters on February 23, 2018.
The Film’s Plot: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
A More Detailed Description of Jeff VanderMeer’s Book: “Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This is the twelfth expedition.
Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.” (Per FSG Originals)