Alex Garland's 'Annihilation' Gets An Action-Packed New Trailer

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But Portman's Biologist is named Lena, a decision made by Garland, who also wrote the screenplay, because, "In a film with this kind of execution, it would be slightly too arch if they're saying, 'Hey, Biologist, come check this out.' It makes it too other".

It opens with a scientist (Benedict Wong) questioning Natalie Portman's character, the Biologist, who asks her to start from the beginning.

If you're a fan of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy of books (Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance), today is a good day.

Alex Garland has created an awesome sci-fi film with Ex Machina, and I'm ready for anything he has cooked up for moviegoers. For more on that, watch the new Annihilation trailer in the space above. The "things aren't what they seem" unease is there in the trailer. Based on the trailers, Annihilation has a darker edge and hews closer to something like Andrei Tarkovsky's sci-fi mystery Solaris than Arrival anyway - and though that's intriguing news for cinephiles, it's probably not an encouraging comparison for anxious studio investors.

Annihilation arrives in US theaters on February 23, 2018.

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In an effort to find out what happened to her husband, Portman's character, simply referred to as the biologist, enters an environmental disaster zone where she encounters a number of odd plants, animals and other life forces that she wasn't prepared for.

Recently, there's been reports of a behind-the-scenes clash on the post-production and distribution of the film.

To add more to this, it was recently announced that Annihilation will be premiering on Netflix overseas just 17 days after its US and Canada release in theaters.

In the trailer, the task force - consisting of characters played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny - is seen passing through the mysterious shimmering wall of Area X and encountering peculiar (and possibly lethal) plants and animals.

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