Matt Damon lost in space again in The Martian

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Matt Damon lost in space again in The Martian

In The Martian, Matt Damon gets left behind all along on Mars.

Isn't the actor making this a bit of a habit, after turning up in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar stranded on the other side of a wormhole? Co-star Jessica Chastain also shows up in this new sci-fi effort, which comes from director Ridley Scott.

Of course we don't yet know how different the two films might be - The Martian is about crew which makes its way to Mars and is caught in a terrible storm. The landing craft makes its escape but Damon's Mark Watney is presumed to have died in the chaos. But he didn't and now he's totally stranded and alone, with no possible chance of rescue.

While The Martian will certainly be a sci-fi film in some respects, that set up sounds like any kind of survival entry, something which could also take place in the icy wastes or any far flung corner of the globe. Naturally the Mars angle adds some new wrinkles but a man trying to survive against extraordinary odds is always compelling, especially with someone as engaging as Damon in the lead.

The plot comes from Andy Weir's book of the same name, which was originally released in 2011 and you probably shouldn't read the Wikipedia entry. Production for the film is currently underway, both on sound stages in Budapest and locations like the Valley of the Moon in Jordan.

We've just got the first batch of photos from the film, confirming that director Ridley Scott still has an almost unmatched visual mastery. He truly is amazing at world building, even if his features aren't always as good as you'd like them to be. Obviously we're looking at you Prometheus.

Check out the images below.

The Martian also stars Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, Sean Bean and Chiwetel Ejiofor and is written by Drew Goddard.

See it in cinemas in November 2015.



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