New “Annihilation” Trailer Show Portman Journey In Bizarre World

By Creative Media Times

Paramount Pictures

The latest trailer for Alex Garland’s science fantasy action horror film “Annihilation” has been released, giving audiences a deeper look at the film’s mysterious setting and surreal world of ominous creatures.

The trailer shows star Natalie Portman playing a biologist who one day found her husband (Oscar Isaac) mysteriously ill. In her attempt to find answers, she leads her team team into a disaster zone “Area X” to retrace his steps, but instead encounters numerous threats and biological anomalies she did not expect. “It’s not destroying, it’s making something new,” says Portman’s biologist character.

The film is written and directed by Alex Garland, who rose to film prominence in 2015 with his break-out directorial debut Ex Machina, which was a critical and commercial success. The film was also one of National Board of Review’s ten best independent films for 2015.

“Annihilation” is based Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 book of the same name. It is the first in a series of three books, with “Authority and “Acceptance” being the other two, though director Garland previously stated that Annihilation was not originally conceived as part of a trilogy.

Annihilation also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez and is set to be released by Paramount on Feb. 23, 2018.