Filmmaker Ridley Scott is exploring one of humanity’s biggest dreams with sci-fi thriller The Martian.
The director helms the flick, which focuses on Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead after a fierce space storm.
But his crew were wrong – he survived and now finds himself stranded on a hostile planet, desperately thinking up ways to produce enough food to sustain himself.
It might sound like a nightmare, but Ridley believes he is building something out of an age-old desire.
“It was a great book, a great story, a great star!” he enthused to Germany’s Bild newspaper when asked what interests him about the project. “It’s humanity’s lifelong dream to land on another planet. What happens when an astronaut gets left behind? We try to save him with science and sticky-tape!”
The Martian boasts an all-star cast, with Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig also joining the line-up. But no one quite impressed Ridley like lead actor Matt, with the director instantly knowing he’d be able to carry the majority of the scenes solo.
“I’ve watched everything he’s done and he’s a very thinking actor and he never does anything just because he thinks it’s going to be commercial,” he explained to deadline.com of Matt’s casting.
“Story is as important to him as it is with me. I always say my plan is, there is no plan. I read something and say, ‘Wow, I like that,’ and if I can get it, I’ll do it. Matt’s body of work has been so seamless that I knew he could handle it.”
The Martian hits cinemas from the end of this month (Sep15).
– Cover Media