We don’t even have a trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian yet, but a promo video has already surfaced. The movie is based on Andy Weir‘s 2012 novel and features Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney. He’s part of a manned mission to Mars, but when a storm rolls in, Mark is deemed dead and his crew leaves him behind. However, Mark survives and now he’s stuck on the alien planet alone with no way of contacting them or NASA.
A new YouTube channel called ARES: live just posted its first video introducing us to the crew of the Ares 3 which includes Damon as Watney, the ship’s botanist, Michael Pena as pilot Rick Martinez, Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis, Sebastian Stan as Dr. Chris Beck, the flight surgeon, Aksel Hennie as German astronaut Aleks Vogel, and Kate Mara as computer expert Beth Johanssen. Check it out for yourself below and keep an eye out for fun facts about the characters that pop up throughout the video. The Martian also stars Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover, and is due in theaters in 3D on November 25th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Martian:
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.