The first trailer for Jeff Nichols’ long-delayed new film Midnight Special finally hit the web late in 2015. The director’s track record coupled with the ensemble cast is already giving this new sci-fi case film some steam.
Jeff Nichols is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. His two previous films, Take Shelter and Mud, are a couple of the best films of the past five years. Seriously, check them out if you haven’t already. He’s finally tackling his first big studio budgeted film, and it’s already looking to play to his strengths.
Check out the trailer to Midnight Special for yourself:
Nichols reunites with both actor/screenwriter/playwright Sam Shepard and, for the fourth time, Michael Shannon. The rest of the cast is also impressive with Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, and Adam Driver. The actor-director relationship with Shannon has become one of the defining features of Nichols’ films. In Take Shelter, Shannon delivered the single strongest performance in a career that has already contained numerous stand-out roles.
Nichols said that John Carpenter’s 1984 film Starman was an inspiration for the film, but there are inklings of Spielberg apparent all over.
Explaining the origin of the story, Nichols iterated: “I want to make a 1960’s biker film. I want to make a big, PG summer blockbuster family film, kind of like I want to revamp Tremors. I’ve got an idea for that. That kind of movie.” This is Jeff Nichols’ fourth feature film, following Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud (see all three).
Here’s the official synopsis for Midnight Special:
In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers.
What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
The film will premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19th. Warner Bros. pushed the release date from Thanksgiving weekend this year to March 18, 2016 so look for Midnight Special to hit theaters very soon.
Images: Warner Bros.