Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival Trailer + International Trailer

Are you kidding me? I’ll watch this, at least, two times at the theater just because of Amy Adams. However, I do agree with the comment on the international cut that said the trailer should’ve ended around the minute mark.

The much-awaited trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is out, which is based on Story of Your Life, a science fiction short story by Ted Chiang, which follows the life of Dr. Louise Banks (Adams), an expert linguist, who is recruited by the military to communicate with a race of aliens who have initiated first contact with humanity with a distinct language.

Fifteen or twenty years ago, a role like this (albeit with a gender-switch) would’ve gone to everyone’s favorite chaos theorist, Jeff Goldblum.

Both trailers are distinctly different.

Ever since Villeneuve hit it big after Incendies, his box office track record has been pretty decent— Prisoners made over $120M USD on a $46M USD budget; Sicario made $84M USD on a $30M USD budget, on top of the few awards; and Enemy… well it only made $3.4M USD on a supposedly nearly $9M USD budget (nearly €8M [1]), but that wasn’t supposed to be a commercial release anyway~

This could be Amy Adams’ first lead mainstream project since… Enchanted in 2007, which made $340M USD on an $85M budget (and a Golden Globe nod for Best Actress Comedy/Musical). Any dude would’ve been given many more leads after that, but Adams was stuck with Leap Year (2010), many (albeit, some great) supporting roles… and Big Eyes in 2014. Adams has always deserved better from us.

Arrival also stars Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma and Mark O’Brien.

The film is expected to premiere at this year’s edition of the Venice Film Festival, with a following screening at the Toronto Film Festival. It will be released commercially on November 11th, 2016.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

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