When Alex Garland's Annihilation opens, it will be the end of a long journey for the film. It began way back in 2013 when Paramount bought the movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer's book and its sequels, before they were even published. We have been covering Annihilation since the very beginning, and we thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane.
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Alex Garland's Annihilation has just about everything a moviegoer could want. It has an incredibly compelling mystery at its heart, it's filled with nuanced performances by amazing actors, and it looks unbelievably fantastic. Most importantly, like the best science fiction, it challenges you and makes you think. Annihilation has all this - and yet it comes just shy of reaching true transcendence.
Director Alex Garland's Annihilation recently came under fire for being the latest example of a movie casting white actors as characters who were people of colour in the source material. Garland has said that he wasn't aware of the whitewashing issue, and in a recent interview actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh say they didn't either - but they agree their film is part of a larger problem.
For those who haven't read the books, Annihilation's trailers have been shrouded in mystery. What is "The Shimmer," what is it doing, and perhaps most importantly, how big of a threat does it pose? A new featurette from Paramount dives a bit more into what this strange anomaly is and the effect it's having on our world.
We've known for a while that Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), the astrophysicist who also happened to be Thor's love interest in the God of Thunder's first two movies, was not appearing in Thor: Ragnarok. At first, Marvel's answer was simply that most of the movie wouldn't take place on Earth, where humans like Jane Foster tend to be found. The new answer is... less satisfying.