Annihilation: Sci-Fi Thriller, Starring Natalie Portman

On February 23, 2018, Paramount released the sci-fi thriller “Annihilation,” starring Natalie Portman.

The date is the slot vacated by Universal’s “Pacific Rim Uprising.”

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, the film is directed by Alex Garland from his own script.

The story follows a biologist, played by Portman, who embarks on a four-person expedition into a territory cut off from civilization while searching for clues about her husband’s disappearance. While there, she must deal with a contamination, vanishing colleagues, a deadly animal, and a creature known as the Crawler.

Oscar Isaac plays Portman’s husband. Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh portray the other members of the search party. Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are the producers.

Garland received an Academy Award nomination in the best original screenplay category for 2014’s “Ex Machina.”

“Annihilation” will face competition from CBS Films’ horror entry “Winchester,” starring Helen Mirren as gun heiress Sarah Winchester dealing with a massive haunted house.