When multiple mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team is put together to investigate, including linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker). Mankind teeters on the verge of global war as everyone scrambles for answers—and to find them, Banks, Donnelly, and Weber will take a chance that could threaten their lives, and, quite possibly, humanity.
Arrival is an American science fiction drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by author Ted Chiang. The film stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg and Tzi Ma. Arrival had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016. The film is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2016 in IMAX, by Paramount Pictures.
An adaptation of Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” had been planned since at least November 2012, involving the production company FilmNation Entertainment. Jeremy Renner joined the film on March 6, 2015 to play a physics professor paired by the government with Adams’ character to help communicate with the aliens. Forest Whitaker signed on to the film in April 2015, with Michael Stuhlbarg joining the cast as CIA Agent Halpern that June.
Filming began in mid-June 2015, right after Renner completed the shooting of Captain America: Civil War. Principal photography on the film began on June 7, 2015 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Jóhann Jóhannsson began writing the score around the time the shooting had commenced, drawing on the screenplay and concept art for inspiration. He developed one of the main themes in the first week using vocals and experimental piano loops.
A teaser trailer was released in August 2016 followed the next week by the first official trailer. Paramount Pictures released a series of posters to promote the film, with one showing a UFO hovering above Hong Kong’s skyline which included Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower. The inaccuracy angered many Hong Kong social media users. The posters were taken down and a statement was made which attributed the inaccuracy to a third party vendor.
In May 2014, Paramount Pictures acquired U.S distribution rights to the film. Shortly after, Sony Pictures and Stage 6 Films acquired international distribution rights to the film. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016. The film will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Telluride Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2016.
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sangita Patel, Mark O’Brien, Abigail Pniowsky, Nathaly Thibault, Jadyn Malone
Screenplay by: Eric Heisserer
Production Design by: Patrice Vermette
Cinematography by: Bradford Young
Film Editing by: Joe Walker
Costume Design by: Renée April
Set Decoration by: Paul Hotte, André Valade
Music by: Jóhann Jóhannsson
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: November 11, 2016