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Annihilation Trailer: Natalie Portman Brings VanderMeer Novel to the Big Screen

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Paramount Pictures released another full-length trailer for “Annihilation” this morning, the film itself is set to open in theaters later this winter. From Skydance, in association with Huahua Media, the film is a Scott Rudin and DNA Films production.

Written for the screen and directed by Alex Garland, the film is based on the Novel by Jeff VanderMeer ($10 on Amazon). The fantasy adventure-drama stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. You may remember Garland from his work on films like “Ex Machina,” with Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac, and the thriller “28 Days Later” with Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Christopher Eccleston. As you can see, this new project will bring Oscar Isaac and Garland back together again.

The story that the film is based on is actually part of a trilogy, and you still have plenty of time to read the novel before the film is released nationwide. In this installment, a biologist embarks on a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on February 23, 2018, which is a busy weekend at the box-office. Marvel’s “Black Panther” will open nationwide just one-week before “Annihilation, along with Lionsgate’s animated-comedy “Early Man”. Earlier that month the Warner Bros. Pictures’ film “The 15:17 to Paris,” Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed,” and the animated-comedy “Peter Rabbit” from Sony are also set to debut nationwide. “Annihilation” will debut alongside the Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “Game Night,” starring Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, and Jesse Plemons.

You can watch the full-length trailer for the drama below. While “Annihilation” should be able to distance itself from “Game Night,” the film’s success will depend greatly on Black Panther’s second-week showing.

If you need to set a reminder, “Annihilation” will hit theaters on February 23, 2018.