M. Night Shyamalan is back behind the camera, following the release of 2010’s notorious The Last Airbender, and we’re looking forward to seeing what Shyamalan has for us next.
The first trailer gave us an impressive first look at the universe in which the film is set, taking us to an Earth a thousand years after humanity was forced to escape it. We were treated to a new poster earlier, and as promised, the new trailer has just been released online.
After Earth is set 1000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
Will Smith and Jaden Smith look to be very much front and centre throughout the entirety of the film, with Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoë Kravitz, and Sophie Okonedo starring alongside them.
Shyamalan is directing from a script he co-wrote with Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), with the Oscar-nominated Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) hired to polish the script.
Sony have been doing an impressive job of promoting After Earth across multiple platforms, announcing at Comic-Con last summer that they would be developing two novels, digital shorts, and a comic. And it’s easy to see why in this new trailer. The scope of this movie looks pretty epic.
After Earth will be released in regular and IMAX theatres on 7th June in the UK and US. That date will currently seeing it open against Shawn Levy’s The Internship and Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me, as well as the early limited release of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing in the US. For now, here’s the new trailer to give you an idea of what to expect.