Ahead of the official full trailer launch for Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama, Arrival later this month, the folks at Paramount have dropped a teaser TV spot — check it out above. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in the film that was titled Story Of Your Life when Paramount plunked down $20M to acquire U.S., Canada and China rights in a then-record Cannes deal in 2014. The anticipated film will have its world premiere in compeition at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.
Eric Heissere wrote the script based on a 1998 short story by Ted Chiang about an expert linguist (Adams) who is recruited by the military after a group of mysterious spacecrafts begins to hover over Earth. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, her job is to communicate with the aliens aboard the pods and determine if they are friend or foe. In a race against time for answers, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and possibly humanity. Renner plays physicist Ian Donnelly and Whitaker is the colonel who accompanies them to make contact.
The teaser above shows the ominous pods and provides some insight into how Adams’ Louise Banks views the importance of communication amid the threat of war as she is about to experience her first close encounter.
Villeneuve here is following up last year’s Emily Blunt-starring drug-land drama Sicario which started its career in Cannes and went on to three Oscar nominations. Arrival has been positioned in the awards corridor with a November 11 domestic release set. 21 Laps, FilmNation and Lava Bear Films are producers.