Last week’s short teaser for director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival has now been followed by the film’s first full-length trailer (watch it above), giving us a deeper look at Amy Adams as the linguist enlisted by the government to figure out how to communicate with aliens that have been touching down at various points across the globe. She is joined by Jeremy Renner’s mathematician and Forest Whitaker’s military official as they try to figure out whether these visitors mean to do us harm.
There have been some highlights for sci-fi fans already this year, including indies like Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special and Netflix hit Stranger Things. Renner has previously described Arrival as “if you blended a Kubrick and a Spielberg movie.” The Arrival trailer suggests a meditation on the importance of language and communication (both among earthlings and with extra-terrestrials) against the looming threat of a possible cataclysmic confrontation.
Villeneuve has found success with other intense thrillers, including Prisoners, Enemy, and Sicario. He will next direct the upcoming Blade Runner sequel with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, which will hit theaters next sometime next year (remarkably, two years before the date when the original film was set).
Arrival touches down in theaters on Nov. 11.