Based on author Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” the first full length trailer for Arrival seems like a bit of a more cerebral Independence Day mixed with a more dramatic Armageddon. The film revolves around mankind’s quest to communicate with a collection of mysterious alien spacecrafts that appear across the world. Led by expert linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), an elite team is put together — which includes Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker — to investigate.
As the world comes perilously close to global war, Banks and company race against the clock for answers – and to find them, Banks will take a chance that could threaten humanity.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), the trailer shows Adams’ game attempt to communicate with the visitors from another planet by writing the word “human” on a whiteboard. While Adams makes progress, their intentions remain a mystery.
“We need to make sure that they understand the difference between a weapon and a tool. Language is messy and sometimes one can be both.”
Arrival is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2016.