The First Images from Alex Garland's Annihilation Are Eerily Beautiful

Thursday, 07 July 2016 - 2:24PM
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Thursday, 07 July 2016 - 2:24PM
The First Images from Alex Garland's Annihilation Are Eerily Beautiful
Ex Machina director Alex Garland just wrapped principal photography on his next film, the highly anticipated adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel, Annihilation. Now, the cast and crew are posting the first photos from the film, and the real-life version of Area X is equal parts breathtaking and unsettling:

Lit with the magic of movie making, on Annihilation, with my sunshine @hereisgina. Photo by director Alex Garland

A photo posted by Tessa Thompson (@tessamaethompson) on



My boo.  #annihilationFilm  by director Alex Garland.

A photo posted by Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) on



wrapped on Annihilation. quite possibly a very beautiful film. can't wait [for you] to see.

A photo posted by Tessa Thompson (@tessamaethompson) on



The above photos were shared by cast members Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, who play two or the four members of a scientific expedition tasked with exploring the mysterious and possibly uninhabitable Area X, which has been cut off from the rest of the world for years and has inexplicably killed or disappeared eleven previous expeditions. Natalie Portman plays the protagonist, an unnamed biologist, while Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the expedition's leader, a psychologist, which leaves Thompson and Rodriguez to play the surveyor and anthropologist.

The photos aren't stills from the movie, but they were taken on set by director Alex Garland, so they likely have a similar aesthetic to the film. Similarly, cinematographer Rob Hardy has been sharing equally gorgeous photos of the set, giving us our first glimpse of Area X wildlife, the border between Area X and the rest of the world, and a military-style building that may connect to the Southern Reach trilogy's overarching mythology:

Zone

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Thursday afternoon.

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Smoke study

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Borders

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Military grade surrealism

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Relevant paraphernalia.

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Annihilation comes out in theaters sometime in 2017.
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