Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new image from Alex Garland's upcoming film adaptation of Annihilation, the environmental horror thriller from author Jeff Vandermeer. The film will mark Garland's second directorial effort following his incredible debut with Ex Machina.
Along with the new image, director Alex Garland also spoke about Portman's character who is tasked with exploring a strange land known as Area X in the United States.
“[She] finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset,”
Garland also teased that the strange alligator discovered in Area X has traits that do not belong to alligators and that the discovery itself opens the characters up to how strange this place is:
“It is their first tangible encounter with something strange. The alligator has physical elements to it that should not belong on an alligator. They’re starting to get their heads around how weird the place is.”
Check out the new image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly below:
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The film stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez. Here’s the book’s 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 anotioner, 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.
Annihilation is set to hit theaters February 23, 2018.