Watch The Teaser Trailer For Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’

Annihilation Natalie PortmanParamount Pictures has released a teaser trailer for Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi pic Annihilation starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez.

The film is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 horror novel of the same name, revolving around the expedition of four women on a mission to map Area X, a section of land in the United States secretly quarantined for abnormal activity. The expedition itself is the twelfth one sent into Area X by the Southern Reach organization with previous expeditions ending in mass suicide, murder and inexplicable events. The eleventh expedition died of cancer within weeks of their return after they came back as mere shadows of their former selves.

This is the twelfth expedition. You can watch the teaser below.

Annihilation opens in theaters on February 23, 2018. The film also stars Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, David Gyasi and Sonoya Mizuno. Here’s the book’s official synopsis:

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

What do you think? Are you excited for Annihilation? Be sure to sound-off your thoughts on the trailer in the comment section below!

5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging

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Shazam DC ComicsThe DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Justice League hit the big screen this year, but we also have exciting movies like Dark Universe and Shazam coming soon.

Shazam — a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again — is a perfect character to bring to the big screen. The dark, gritty vibe of the DCEU works for characters like Batman or the Suicide Squad, but Shazam deserves something a bit more bright and lively.

The story of Billy Batson walking into a magical world and gaining both the powers of distinct mythical deities and the appearance of a strong adult, He-Man style, is perfect for the big screen. But, as with a lot of superheroes, the trick is making them relatable, and Shazam, with his magic and transformative powers, could be the trickiest of all.

Click the Next button and shout “Shazam” to find out the five ways I think Warner Bros. can make his movie relatable and engaging.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.