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Captive State: An alien-ruled utopia on Earth isn't all it's cracked up to be in new trailer

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Nov 9, 2018, 12:03 PM EST

What would humanity do if space aliens invaded Earth and didn't destroy the place and ransack its natural resources, but just imposed their rule? Well, humans don't like taking orders from anyone but themselves, so they'd most likely revolt against their new masters.

That's the premise of Captive State, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from writer/director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Set in Chicago 10 years after the invasion, the film will explore characters on both sides of the conflicts, the conquerers and the conquered.

Focus Features has released a second teaser for the movie, and just like the first, it doesn't give up much. It doesn't even properly show us what the aliens look like, which is a smart move, as it helps ramp up the mystery and suspense for the plot in a J.J Abrams-y kind of way.

The preview repeats the refrain of "The phoenix will rise," perhaps a reference to the human resistance.

Watch the unsettling teaser now:

Co-written by Wyatt and David Crockett (producer of the upcoming Gambit), the movie stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), and John Goodman (Black Earth Rising). Goodman and Wyatt worked together on 2014's The Gambler.

Whether or not Wyatt is overtly capitalizing on our modern political climate, it looks as if Captive State will serve as a sci-fi allegory for xenophobia and American fears of immigration and illegal aliens — quite literally, in the film's case.

Captive State invades theaters on March 29, 2019.