Some people here on Earth (Elon Musk — looking at you) can’t wait to visit Mars. But in its current form, the Red Planet is a harsh mistress, as the new trailer for The Martian shows. The hotly-anticipated new film from director Ridley Scott, adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by Andy Weir, follows NASA astronaut Mark Watney’s quest to survive on Mars after a mishap leaves him stranded on the planet’s surface. The first trailer memorably channelled some of the grit and profanities found throughout the novel, with Watney/Damon vowing to “science the sh*t out of this,” presumably in reference to his precarious situation.
The new, longer trailer features beautiful shots of space and the red Martian landscape, as well as even more determined Watney voiceover, including the formidable line “I guarantee you that at some point, everything’s going to go South on you, and you’re going to say, ‘This is it, this is how I end.’ Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work”–which is exactly what Watney does.
As Watney explains in the trailer, he has to figure out how to make four years’-worth of food and water in a habitat designed to last just 30 days. The movie, like the novel, ostensibly tries to take a more “realistic” depiction of a Mars mission than what we’ve seen in previous films, and it was made with heavy participation by NASA itself.
And lest you think the entire movie is Matt Damon’s show, the cast is pretty stacked with stars, including Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kristen Wiig among others. We’ll see how they all play into the story when The Martian hits theaters October 2.