Amy Adams Talks to Aliens in First Arrival Trailer

Posted on August 18, 2016

Amy Adams in Arrival

In the first trailer for Arrival Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a world-renowned linguist who is contacted by the military for help when alien ships land on Earth. Dr. Banks is an expert in communication and new languages and the government cannot understand what the aliens want and why they are here. Naturally, this is leading to tensions and violence around the globe.

The film is based on the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang called "Story of Your Life." The original story has been expanded quite a bit and some subplots added to make the story a viable feature film. In the short story the globe-changing events from Dr. Banks' point of view. Her life as well as her way of looking at the world was completely changed by her interactions with the aliens and there was a great deal of technical information about linguistics that is difficult to translate into a film, but from the trailer it appears that director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners)has managed to do it.

It appears that the film has substantial changes in everything from the look of the aliens to their ships to why they are here. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Russell Yuen. It's a gripping trailer, no question. If you'd like to read the short story that inspired the film, you can see it here. Obviously, spoilers abound. The film opens in theaters November 11th. Take a look:



Photo: Paramount Pictures