'The Martian' First Look: Check Out Matt Damon's Sweet Space Buggy

Friday, 20 March 2015 09:12 Written by  iamrogue
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'The Martian' First Look: Check Out Matt Damon's Sweet Space Buggy

When you make a Super Bowl bet with Matt Damon, you'd better be ready for the consequences.  In this case, those consequences indirectly include our first look at The Martian, Ridley Scott's next movie.

See, Damon's assistant lost their big game bet and now the Seattle Seahawks superfan has to sport a New England Patriots shirt everywhere for a year.  And we mean everywhere: the first unofficial image from The Martian shows Damon and his assistant Colin wearing a Patriots tee in a Jordanian desert.

The desert subbed for the surface of Mars on the production, which wrapped recently.  Damon stars in one of IAR's most anticipated movies of 2015 as a Mark Watney, a slyly funny and endlessly resourceful astronaut who ends up rock-marooned on Mars during a routine visit in the near future. 

While this first image, which is here via author Andy Weir's facebook page, doesn't exactly reveal anything particularly epic, it does include a practical Mars rover in the background.  And it makes it pretty clear that Damon is actually weathering the elements, not hanging out in front of a green screen.

While Damon carries The Martian as an astronaut in peril over months and months, Scott has also assembled a pretty ridiculous supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Donald Glover, and Mackenzie Davis.

“This is one of those movies that’s had a blessed life,” producer Simon Kinberg said just before production kicked off last year. “Every actor is doing it for significantly less than their normal fee. It’s a real labor of love.”

Kinberg, who is busy helping build the new Star Wars cinematic universe and the increasingly populous X-Men universe, has been shepherding The Martian for some time.  Scott came aboard as director when Drew Goddard left to focus on Sinister Six, which may have mutated into directing Sony and Marvel's 2017 solo Spider-Man movie.  The script by Goddard remains in place, however.

The Martian is set to open in theaters this November 25, less than a year after Scott's last movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

In 2012, Weir self-published his debut novel as an e-book.  Now selling like hotcakes in paperback, the book is a survival story following Watney, an astronaut with degrees in mechanical engineering and botany. When the novel opens, Watney has just become stranded on Mars in the middle of the violent storm.  The rest of the crew is long gone and Mark's utterly without a means of contacting them or Earth.  He's got just about a year's worth of supplies, but at least four years until a possible rescue.

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