The Martian is still a few months away, but the ad campaign is starting to ramp up. Earlier in the summer we got the one-two punch of promo video and trailer for The Martian; now we get a second promo video, introducing us to the entire crew of the Ares undergoing psychiatric evaluation. What is so wonderful about this promo video is the humor, which was a major player in Andy Weir’s novel.
Here is the new promo video:
Mark Watney’s trouble understanding Aquaman’s ability to control whales is a throwaway line from the novel, and played here it is absolute perfection. The rest of the Ares crew in The Martian includes Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie.
Here is the synopsis, courtesy of 20th Century Fox:
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
The Martian hits theaters October 2nd.