Yesterday, 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new viral video that asks if Matt Damon’s cocksure botanist Mark Watney is made of the right stuff. Focusing less on the Ares-3 and its mission on the red planet, today’s footage takes a closer look at the man in the suit, and the rigorous training regime he undergoes to fulfil his dream.
Once complete, Damon’s budding astronaut will enlist alongside his fellow crew mates as they make tracks for Mars, but after touching down on the martian terrain, it isn’t long before all hell breaks loose. When a raging storm comes bearing down from one of the planet’s vast, towering mountain ranges, Ares-3 uproots and abandons its mission, accidentally leaving Watney behind in the process.
Cast astray on the arid, sun-scorched planet, Damon’s character is long presumed dead, though it’s only when he engineers a means of contacting the remainder of the crew that he’s forced to put that rigorous training into practice and, against all odds, carves out a rudimentary existence on Mars while he waits to be rescued.
The Martian will have its theaterical release on October 2, and it will premiere tomorrow on TIFF.