We were already very, very excited about Alex Garland’s upcoming film of Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation, but now there’s yet another reason to get revved up for it: Oscar Isaac.
The Tracking Board reports that Garland will reunite with his Ex Machina star for the sci-fi tale, joining an already-incredible cast of Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Tessa Thompson (Creed) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight).
It’s based on the first book in Vandermeer’s weird fiction Southern Reach Trilogy, which is concluded with Authority and Acceptance.
“The story centers around a biologist (Portman) who, in seeking answers to her husband’s tragic disappearance volunteers for a government expedition into an area sealed off as an environmental disaster zone. What she discovers, however, is pristine wilderness, and a mysterious dark force within it.”
Garland won a heap of awards and plaudits for his brilliantly complex morality play Ex Machina, in which Isaac played a driven reclusive genius who had created a female robot with AI (the amazing Alicia Vikander). We can’t wait to see what the man behind Dredd and 28 Days Later brings to such a brilliant book, with such an awesome cast.
“Welcome to Area X. An Edenic wilderness, an environmental disaster zone, a mystery for thirty years.
For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences.
‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.
But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist.”