Trailers: Natalie Portman Stars In The Sci-Fi Film Annihilation

This is a trailer for Annihilation.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later), and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It is scheduled to be released on February 23, 2018. In a recent interview with EW, Garland briefly spoke about the plot:

"[Portman] finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset. [The photo above] is their first tangible encounter with something strange. The alligator has physical elements to it that should not belong on an alligator. They’re starting to get their heads around how weird the place is."

He also spoke about being pitched the idea of Annihilation by Scott Rudin, saying that:

"I don’t finish books, or films, or anything, really, if it isn’t grabbing me for one reason. Well, I read it in a sitting. I found the atmosphere incredibly strong and I liked the kind of dream state that it created and put me in. It had all sorts of qualities that I found really interesting. I thought immediately, Yes, I’d like to try this."

 He also said that even though the book is part of a trilogy, this film is being treated as a standalone project.

"I did once work on a film called Dredd, which I imagined to be the first part of a trilogy,” says Garland. “But it’s not something I like doing. I’d rather work on a story that I felt was self-contained rather than one that sort of had a ‘dot-dot-dot’ at the end. I think that provokes a sort of instant, understandable, cynicism. We sense the money grab and I feel that pollutes the story. So, right from the get-go, I did not think of this as being part of a trilogy; I thought of it as being just a single, self-contained movie. If other people wanted to do that, that would be fine. That’s none of my business. But from my point of view, it’s just one."

Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

"A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply."