The Martian by Andy Weir [SF Weir]
The trailer for the highly anticipated adaption of The Martian by Mountain View's very own Andy Weir was released today. The film stars Matt Damon as American astronaut Mark Whatney, who becomes the titular Martian when his crew presumes him dead and abandons him on the Red Planet with limited supplies. The star-studded cast also includes Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig.
The book has been hailed for its realism and attention to scientific detail, as well as for its wit and heart-stopping drama. Weir's compelling narrative unfolds in parallel storylines happening both on Mars - with Whatney doing what he can to stay alive - and on Earth - with NASA working around the clock to figure out how to save him. It will be interesting to see how these storylines play out on screen, as Matt Damon will be playing character not unlike Tom Hanks's character in Cast Away (2000) in which much of the dialog is a marooned character in conversation with himself.
The movie (directed by Ridley Scott) is due out in theaters this November. MVPL has several copies so you can be sure to read it first before you see it in theaters.
Have you read the book yet? If so, what did you think, and are you looking forward to seeing it on the big screen?
I just finished reading the Martian and I loved it, and I think it's enjoyable even if you might not normally be a fan of science fiction. It was thrilling and at times laugh-out-loud funny; I couldn't put it down.