Last year, Paramount brought on stars Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams for a new alien thriller known as Story Of Your Life. We haven’t heard much about the movie since then, although the studio did showcase the project during its CinemaCon presentation in April. It seems the studio has landed on a new title, Arrival, with the studio debuting the first two photos featuring Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. We also have word that the studio has settled on a November 11 release date, with the first trailer debuting tomorrow, August 9.
The story is based on Ted Chiang’s 1998 novella Story Of Your Life, which centers on a linguist named Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who is brought in by the government to decipher an extraterrestrial language when alien ships arrive on Earth. Jeremy Renner stars as a theoretical physicist who is trying to determine what the aliens really want. USA Today debuted these new photos and spoke with Amy Adams, who reveals how different this project is than the superhero universe she has been inhabiting lately, including Justice League, which she is currently filming.
“This isn’t a graphic-novel universe or creating a new universe. This happens in our world today, as it exists. Not having to transport myself to a universe where superheroes exist, which is also fun, really helped me ground the character and the experience. She felt real, like somebody I would know and somebody I would like to have a conversation with. Emotionally, the journey she takes in this was devastating to me. You can tell she’s been down this road before in helping out the government and it’s turned out poorly. She absolutely needs this, probably more than she knows.”
Her co-star Jeremy Renner is also well known for his work within the superhero realm, starring as Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and, most recently, Captain America: Civil War. Arrival marks a bit of a departure from his action-packed role as the archer Hawkeye, revealing what the biggest challenge was for his character, physicist Ian Donnelly. Here’s what he had to say below.
“I haven’t played a smart nerdy guy. I thought there was a great challenge in that.”
The story also touches on the global community’s fear of the aliens, as they share information with one another while harboring their own agendas, with Jeremy Renner revealing that the film shows “the divide in the unity with people across the world”. Amy Adams also spoke about the scenes with these alien visitors, and the logistics of interacting with these characters. Here’s what she had to say about director Denis Villeneuve’s visuals.
“Denis and the team have done a great job with the visuals and getting to something that looks familiar and not completely abstract. (These scenes involve) a very brightly lit white screen with these awesome puppeteers who ran around holding very long poles with big orbs on the end.”
With the first trailer debuting tomorrow, it isn’t known if we’ll get to see these creatures in the first footage, but Jeremy Renner promises they aren’t ‘goofy creatures with guns who are going to kill us’. Amy Adams added that the aliens look ‘different than what you would have thought’, but we’ll have to wait and see if these aliens are showcased in the sneak peek. Here’s what Jeremy Renner had to say about this sci-fi movie, comparing it to a hybrid of a Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg movie, and not a ‘big Michael Bay alien movie’.
“If you’re a parent, it’s going to wreck you. It’s big and there are thriller elements and tension, but it’s going to lean much more into a thinking person’s film.”
The supporting cast includes Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma, with Denis Villeneuve directing from an adapted screenplay by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out). The movie will hit theaters on November 11, going up against Universal’s Almost Christmas, TriStar’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and EuropaCorp’s Shut In. Take a look at the first two photos from Arrival, and check back tomorrow for the first trailer.