The first teaser for the female-led sci-fi thriller, Annihilation, has just dropped, and boy is it a doozy.
Based on the eponymous 2014 novel written by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation has been adapted for the screen and directed by Alex Garner (Ex Machina). The novel is the first of a series of three books, called the Southern Reach Trilogy.
The plot centers around a biologist named Lena, played by Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Jackie). Her husband, played by Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), disappears, setting in motion the events of the rest of the story. Lena puts her name in for an expeditionary group headed into an environmental disaster zone. Judging from the back and forth scenes in the trailer, things don’t appear to go well for her team. Interestingly, the team of scientists headed into the breach is entirely composed of women. We’re only given one other named scientist so far, the rest we only know by their field of specialty.
There’s the Psychologist played by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, Twin Peaks), Anya Thorensen the Anthropologist played by Gina Rodriguez (Deepwater Horizon, Jane the Virgin), and the Surveyor played by Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld).
That we have a mostly female leading cast with more than one actress of color is, sadly, still remarkable in 2017. However, in a year when Ghost in the Shell premiered starring Scarlett Johanssen as the Major, I’ll take a win where I can get it.
Annihilation is set to be released by Paramount Pictures on February 23, 2018, and also stars David Gyasi (Interstellar) and Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina, Crazy Rich Asians).