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Ex Machina director Alex Garland is close to releasing his next film, Annihilation, a highly-anticipated (especially by me) adaptation of the first book of The Southern Reach Trilogy. With a killer cast that includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac and the promise of something strange and beautiful, this could be the next surreal sci-fi classic that has everybody talking. Save for a few set photos, there’s been very little released from Garland’s new film, but now we have our first real look via an official image. See the Annihilation first look below.
The three books that make up Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy – Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance – involve investigations into a location known as Area X, a mysterious, uninhabited area in the United States that nature has slowly begun to reclaim following a major, world-changing event. Several teams of expeditions have gone into the area to explore Area X, often with disturbing results. Annihilation focuses on the 12th expedition into the area, with the team made up of a biologist (Portman), a psychiatrist (Leigh), an anthropologist (Rodriguez) and a surveyor (Thompson). Without giving too much away, let’s just say their expedition doesn’t go according to plan.
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EW (by way of IndieWire) has the first official image from the film, which features Portman’s character examining a mutant alligator while Thompson watches in the background. “It is their first tangible encounter with something strange,” Garland says in the EW piece. “The alligator has physical elements to it that should not belong on...
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