Between "Gravity," "Interstellar," the upcoming "Star Wars" reboot and now "The Martian," space has never felt more crowded. Sure, the last frontier has always fascinated us, but in the past few years, technological advances in film have made it possible to depict zero gravity, foreign planets and rocket travel with increasing accuracy and realism. And the trailer for "The Martian," starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, takes full advantage of every new trick and gadget director Ridley Scott has at his disposal. This movie looks so beautiful you might even forget that its subject is rather frightening.
"The Martian" tells the story of what happens when Mark is accidentally left behind on the Red Planet and must survive in his spacecraft for four years while waiting for the rescue mission that will bring him home. The rocket is only designed to sustain human life for a month, so Mark has to, in his words, "science the shit out of it" to keep himself alive.
The trailer also shows what's happening back on Earth while Mark is tinkering away in space: his crew must engineer its own "rogue mission" to go back and save him once they receive his message that he's still alive and stranded millions of miles from home. Kate Mara, fellow "Interstellar" star Jessica Chastain, Donald Glover, Michael Peña, Kristen Wiig (in one of her first serious roles) and Chiwetel Ejiofor all also star in "The Martian" as fellow astronauts. The film is based on the 2011 book of the same name by Andy Weir.
Watch the trailer for 'The Martian':
"The Martian" opens in theaters on Nov. 25.