This is no longer our planet. From the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Initial release: March 15, 2019 (USA)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Budget: 25 million USD
Music composed by: Rob Simonsen
Screenplay: Rupert Wyatt
Film synopsis :
When the end of the world comes, who would you rather have protecting you more than John Goodman? Goodman may be our most versatile actor working today; in the last two years he has revisited his sitcom roots (“Roseanne”), brought gravitas to a stylish indie spy thriller (“Atomic Blonde”), and anchored a blockbuster hit with critical support (“Kong: Skull Island”). For his next trick, he will combine those skills to good use in Focus Features’ spring sci-fi offering, staving off an alien invasion in “Captive State,” which just released its first official trailer.
Though much is still unknown about the movie’s particulars, the official synopsis reads: “Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, ‘Captive State’ explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.”
|Directed by||Rupert Wyatt|
|Music by||Rob Simonsen|
|Edited by||Andrew Groves|
|Distributed by||Focus Features|
There’s a new alien invasion coming to theaters, and there’s nothing the humans in Captive State can do to stop it because it happened 10 years ago.
This new sci-fi post-apocalyptic film, written and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), explores what happens when it’s already too late for humanity. The film picks up 10 years after aliens took over the planet and established a governing body called “The Legislature,” but even before that, society was plagued by war, famine, crime, disease, and disasters.
Captive State looks equal parts The Purge, Colony, and Arrival with perhaps the greatest resemblance to Battlestar Galactica Season 3. Or better yet, Interstellar if they never sent anybody into space.
As part of a historical record on a viral marketing website, one section reads, “In its darkest hours, an alien force saw opportunity and swooped in to enslave humanity under the guise of “peaceful unity.”
Intrigued? Here’s everything else we know about Captive State.
John Goodman plays Chicago Police Officer Mulligan, a man who fell in line with great zeal after the Legislature took over and is eager to please his alien overlords. Of course, not everyone is ready to fall in line. Ashton Sanders plays Gabriel, a young man who becomes connected with a rebellious organization called “Phoenix.”
Hence the synopsis: “Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict — the collaborators and dissidents.”
The first full-length trailer for Captive State has been released and it looks intense. John Goodman and Ashton Sanders star in the gritty political sci-fi movie, which looks incredibly dark and compelling. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directed the movie and it takes place in Chicago, ten years after an occupation by an extraterrestrial force, but it doesn’t focus on one side of the conflict. Instead it looks at those who decide to collaborate with the aliens and those who do not. It looks like it’s a lot tougher for the dissidents than it is for the collaborators as seen in the trailer.
Ashton Sanders’ Gabriel character in Captive State can be seen asking for a lawyer after being detained, but John Goodman’s character lets him know that things don’t work like that anymore since the aliens arrived on the scene. Gabriel is being torn in two different directions: either join up with the collaborators or meet up with the Phoenix resistance group. By the looks of the trailer, Gabriel chooses the latter, which will be a struggle to stay alive and out of sight from the alien surveillance.
Captive State was originally supposed to hit theaters in August of this year, but it was later pushed back to March of next year, though no reasoning was given. The first trailer focused on the aliens while the second put the focus on The Phoenix resistance. The latest trailer brings everything all together, while keeping the plot details under wraps. There is definitely some heavy sci-fi vibes going on, but there is clearly something else far more unique bubbling underneath the surface, which is evident right from the start of the latest trailer.
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In August of 2016, it was announced that Rupert Wyatt had signed on to direct Captive State from a screenplay written by Wyatt and his wife Erica Beeney. Later that year, it was revealed that John Goodman and Ashton Sanders joined the cast. In early 2017, it was announced that Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, and newcomer Jonathan Majors had joined the cast as well. Kelly claims that he was roughed up during the filming by someone playing a police officer and suffered a hairline fracture of his sternum. The rapper claims that he was told to “suck it up” on the set.
Now that we have a better look at Captive State, more people will likely get excited about what the movie actually is. There’s clearly a political undercurrent, but it’s unclear what it is at this time. Why would the humans want to collaborate with the aliens? Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer since the movie opens on March 29th, 2019.
While we wait to see the true reasoning behind the alien invasion, you can watch the latest trailer for Captive State below, thanks to the Focus Features YouTube channel.