The upcoming sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking has taken a long time to reach the screen. Principal photography on the adaptation of Patrick Ness’s acclaimed novel wrapped back in 2017, but extensive reshoots and clashing schedules meant the movie was delayed from its initial 2019 date. It finally arrives in January, and the first trailer has been released.
The trailer starts with a ship containing a woman named Viola, played by Daisy Ridley, crashing to Earth. But the world she finds is very different to the one we know–every woman on the planet is now dead, and the remaining men are able to hear each other’s thoughts. She teams up with a young man named Todd (Tom Holland) and embarks on a dangerous mission. It looks like familiar post-apocalyptic territory, but Ridley and Holland will hopefully make it worth watching. Check the trailer out below:
The movie also stars Mads Mikkelsen as the main villain, a tyrant named David Prentiss, plus Demián Bichir (Alien Covenant), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), and singer Nick Jonas. It’s directed by Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman, while Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe) was brought on to assist Liman with the reshoots in 2019.
In an interview with ComingSoon, Liman spoke about trying to make a post-apocalyptic movie that wasn’t as dark as other films in the genre. “One thing that was important to me about Chaos Walking is you cannot make a movie as nihilistic as Children of Men,” he said. “I want audiences to have a little more fun. I think that you can have a little more fun without losing substance.
“My world outlook is, like I said, I like more adventure. I am really interested in adventure and Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley might be in a very precarious situation in Chaos Walking, but they are going on one hell of an adventure. It may not be an adventure that either one of them signed up for, but it’s an adventure that I would want to go on.”