Andy Weir Posts First Set Photo From Ridley Scott's Adaptation of The Martian

Friday, 20 March 2015 - 9:42AM
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The Martian
Friday, 20 March 2015 - 9:42AM
Andy Weir Posts First Set Photo From Ridley Scott's Adaptation of The Martian
One of the most exciting sci-fi movie prospects of the year is Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir's thrilling novel, The Martian. Starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, The Martian will bring to life Weir's tale of against all odds survival on Mars, and yesterday, the author posted one of the first pictures from the movie's set.



Yes, that's Matt Damon in his Mark Watney NASA gear, and YES that is one of the Mars rovers in the background. The photo was taken in Wadi Rum, Jordan, an area famed for its red sands, which just so happen to look remarkably like the surface of Mars. In fact, Wadi Rum has really cornered the market when it comes to depicting alien landscapes, with the likes of Red Planet, Last Days on Mars, and Prometheus shooting scenes there. 

If you haven't read the book, I urge you to do so as it's one of those rare sci-fi novels that combines hard science with a truly nail-biting story as well as a number of genuine laugh out loud moments. Unlike Matt Damon's last outing as an astronaut in Interstellar, his character in The Martian, Mark Watney, is a wholly likeable protagonist who you'll be rooting for right from the get go as he delivers hard mathematical equations, insights into botany and a stone cold wit that, despite a desperate situation, never wavers.

Check out a description for The Martian below.

"During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive."

The Martian, which also stars Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, and Jessica Chastain, hits theaters on November 25th this year.
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