Annihilation: Alex Garland’s Sci-Fi Starring Natalie Portman

For his sophomore effort, writer-director Alex Garland, who had made a splash with his debut, Ex-Machina, chose Annihilation, a sci-fi horror film based on Jeff Vandermeer’s novel of the same title.

The film will be released by Paramount on February 23, 2018.

When a group of soldiers enters a disaster zone, only one comes back out alive, seriously injured.  To save his life, his wife Lena, a biologist, volunteers for a second expedition into the zone.

Garland’s adaptation is based on the first novel of the Southern Ridge trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer.

In May, 2016, cinematographer Rob Hardy began sharing pictures from the set of the film.  In July, some shooting took place at Holkham beach and pinewoods in North Norfolk.

A year ago, it was announced that due to clashes between Scott Rudin and David Ellison, and the shift in Paramount’s leadership, a deal was struck with Netflix to handle international distribution.

Paramount will release the film in the US, UK and China, while Netflix will stream the film overseas 17 days later. Garland  claimed: From my point of view and the collective of the people who made it, the film was made to be seen on a big screen.”

Concerned that the film was “too intellectual” and “too complicated,” Ellison demanded changes to increase its appeal–making Portman’s character more sympathetic and changing the ending, but Rudin sided with Garland.

Cast

Natalie Portman as Lena, the Biologist

Jennifer Jason Leigh as the Psychologist, the leader of the grou

Gina Rodriguez as Anya Thorensen, the Anthropologist

Tessa Thompson as the Surveyor

Tuva Novotny as the Linguist

Oscar Isaac as Lena’s husband