Amy Adams Aims to Chat with Aliens in First ‘Arrival’ Teaser

After Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Amy Adams has amassed some serious expertise in dealing with extraterrestrials. This fall, she’ll put that experience to good use in Arrival, which has just delivered its ominous first short teaser (watch it above).

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Adams stars in this sci-fi drama from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford) as a linguist who’s paired with Jeremy Renner’s mathematician by the government to communicate with alien visitors — maybe friendly, maybe hostile — whose crafts have mysteriously touched down around the globe. To get the job done, she has to go inside one of their ships — a journey that, in this brief first look, proves simultaneously terrifying and awe-inspiring. As you’d expect from a first teaser, we don’t yet get a look at the film’s intergalactic visitors, but it’s already clear that Villeneuve will be bringing the same sort of oppressive, imposing, foreboding feeling to his latest that we saw in his prior two studio outings.

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Based on Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life, Arrival will aim to put a new twist on a familiar sci-fi premise — language as a means for both dialogue and war — when it lands in theaters on Nov. 11. The film, which also co-stars Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg, will follow this quick clip with a full-length trailer on Tues., August 16.

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