Arrival trailer: Amy Adams makes first contact in Denis Villeneuve's new sci-fi

The film adapts Ted Chiang's stunning novella Story of Your Life - with Adams starring as the expert linguist tasked with ensuring the planet's survival

Clarisse Loughrey
Tuesday 16 August 2016 16:48 BST
Arrival Trailer #1

You may know him as the man behind the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, but Denis Villeneuve has been quietly regenerating the thriller in his own unique way, from Sicario to 2013's Enemy.

Now comes his most ambitious - and promising - project yet: adapting Ted Chiang's stunning novella Story of Your Life into full-blooded cinematic escapism, placing Amy Adams at the centre of Earth's first extraterrestrial contact.

She plays expert linguist Louise Banks, recruited by an elite team to investigate the eerie spacecraft which have suddenly descended across the globe. It's Louise who becomes the key to communication with the beings and - with mankind poised on the edge of a global war - it is her who provides the one hope for her planet's survival.

Following an absolutely gripping first teaser, Paramount are now offering up a fuller look at the upcoming film and its star, alongside the likes of Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Really, it's about time Adams - a five-time Oscar nominee - got a flashy leading role with this wealth of material to chew on; so could we finally be looking at an Academy Award win for one of the strongest talents out there?

Sci-fi's never been an easy play within the awards circuit, but Villeneuve's rising reputation in Hollywood could potentially be enough of a drive for Arrival to win big.

Arrival hits UK cinemas 11 November.

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