Director Ridley Scott calls it Robinson Crusoe in Space which is a whole lot more illuminating than its real title, The Martian based on Andy Weir's sci-fi novel of the same name. It's not about a Martian at all, it's about an astronaut who gets stranded on the red planet and has to figure out a way to get back home. While the movie doesn't come out until this year's big Thanksgiving Day holiday, a slew of images were released over the Memorial Day weekend. In the holiday mood to peruse?
The shots are mostly of star Matt Damon as Mark Watney sitting in what looks like sand and wandering around in his astronaut suit in a Death Valley like desert; the movie was shot in Jordan so that makes sense. We've also been given a look at cast-mates Jessica Chastain (yes, they were both in Interstellar) Kristin Wiig (is she suppressing a crackup?) Kate Mara and a couple actors I'm not that familiar with.
I think the actor in the black shirt giving the back of Jessica Chastain's head the evil eye is Sebastian Stan who you might know from the Captain America films. The bald actor is Askel Hennie. I bet a lot of you recognize the Norwegian actor from The Head-hunters based on the book by Jo Nesbo. Remember when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fueled a wave of nordic crime books and movies a couple of years back? Nesbo was front and center in that craze.
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The cast of The Martian includes some heavyweights like Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels and Michael Pena along with some rising stars like Mackenzie Davis (Halt & Catch Fire), and Donald Glover (Community).