If you weren’t already excited for Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi project Annihilation, which already boasts Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez. Then this piece of news will get you interested, or add to your burgeoning excitement. The Wrap has reported that Garland is currently eyeing Creed’s Tessa Thompson for a part in his follow-up to smash hit Ex Machina.
Annihilation is based on the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, and follows a group of four women as they embark on a dangerous mission to a mysterious area of land where nature has reclaimed what was left of human civilisation and where 11 prior expeditions met ghastly ends. Not only is the dark and complex premise an intriguing one, but we also find four strong females at the center of the story – making it an important film and one to look forward to.
Here’s the official synopsis, via Amazon;
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.