|Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (book)
Role: Sebastian Stan (Chris Beck)
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Cast: Sebastian Stan (Chris Beck), Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Kate Mara.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. – Fox Pictures
- As Beck is about to take a dangerous trip outside the Hermes, Beth tells him to be careful because “In space…”, an unfinished quote of the famous tagline (“In space, no one can hear you scream”) from director Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979). In the novel, Watney logs in that tagline in full when he is on Mars.
- Shooting schedules were so specific that Kate Mara and Sebastian Stan would arrive on set before sunrise and leave after the sun had already set, they applied this “isolation” to help with their characters during filming.
- Marvel superhero Iron Man is mentioned in the film. Several of the actors in this film have starred in or are set to star in various Marvel adaptations: Sebastian Stan portrays Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Captain America films, Kate Mara portrayed Sue Storm/Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2015) and a U.S. Marshall in Iron Man 2 (2010), Michael Peña portrayed Luis in Ant-Man (2015), Donald Glover portrays Miles Morales/Spider-Man on the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man (2012), and Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to play Baron Mordo in the upcoming Doctor Strange (2016).
- In the film, Iron Man is mentioned, co-star Sebastian Stan portrays Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier who battles with Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War.