Deadpool team brings you menacing look at first contact in Life trailer

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Oct 31, 2016

And you thought Ryan Reynolds and the writers of Deadpool were only good at snark.

Turns out that they can get deadly serious and eerie as well, as the first trailer for the upcoming film Life shows. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Life stars Reynolds as one of six astronauts aboard the International Space Station who discover the  first sample of extraterrestrial life on Mars. While studying the organism, however, something goes wrong and it turns out that the life form itself may be more intelligent than its initially simple form has let on.

This first trailer for the movie doesn't show a whole lot of what happens after the organism is brought on board, but it shows us enough glimpses to ascertain that the thing somehow attacks one of the crewmembers examining it (and I hope he doesn't get a case of the stupids and take his glove off to touch it or something inane like that). After that, all hell seemingly breaks loose, but a few things are unclear: Does the life form somehow transform or mutate other living things it comes in contact with? Is it actively hostile or simply incompatible with human life? And why is Ryan Reynolds using a flamethrower in a space station?

Check it out below:


Those are the riddles that will no doubt be answered next year, when Life opens on May 26. The excellent cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya and Ariyon Bakare, and the director is Daniel Espinosa, who has worked previously with Reynolds on Safe House but also delivered last year's pretty miserable Child 44

Reese and Wernick wrote Zombieland in addition to Deadpool (and Deadpool 2), so it will be interesting to see how these guys handle what looks like more grave material. If we're lucky, this could be a nice, big-budget, intelligent sci-fi/horror thriller to help kick off next summer's movie season. What do you think of the trailer?

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