Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Thoughts: Here’s another interesting project to look forward to in 2018. Oscar winner Natalie Portman (Jackie) stars in this adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel, the first in a trilogy. Portman has had some high highs and low lows in the years since she won her Oscar for Black Swan but add director Alex Garlad (Ex Machina) in the mix and I’m officially intrigued to see how this one plays out. Paramount seems to have thrown a bunch of money at Garland, though in the past he’s been known to do a whole lot with very little. This first look at Annihilation is a nice teaser trailer that hints at some of the horrors that await Portman and her crew sent to investigate an abandoned zone disconnected from civilization known as Area X. Co-starring Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Tessa Thompson (Creed), and Gina Rodriguez (Deepwater Horizon), all eyes will be on this one to see if VanderMeer’s two other novels will get a similar Hollywood shine.