Love is a dangerous thing in first trailer for Ridley Scott's creepy sci-fi flick Equals

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Feb 14, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Ridley Scott is a busy man these days, and along with reviving Alien and Blade Runner, he’s also cranking out the original sci-fi flick Equals. Want a peek?

Produced by Scott, the film stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Origins) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as members of the future society The Collective. Their world is a very bland, clean world with no emotion. Turns out, if you eliminate emotion, that apparently knocks out the things that tear society apart. Who knew? But the film poses the question — do you also lose the thing that makes life worth living by taking emotion off the table?

The story itself looks to key in on Hoult and Stewart’s characters as they grapple with the emotions of love and how it affects their lives in this sterile, Stepford-esque world.
Here’s the film’s info-filled synopsis:

ILAS (Hoult) lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite. Life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. The Equals go through life perfectly serene, disturbed by nothing. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they’d escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love. Once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again. Nobody says it, but everyone knows: The Den is where people go to die. When Silas is infected, he becomes an outcast, but he notices one person who seems to understand what he’s going through.

NIA (Stewart) has feelings, but she seems to be able to hide them. Only Silas has noticed that she’s different. When he confronts her, they discover a connection that quickly takes over everything. They feel love and intimacy for the first time in their lives. They try to stay away from each other, because the risk of detection is too great, but the pain of being apart is even worse than the pain of living in secret. The only way for them to insure their survival is to escape. But who will help them? Where will they go? With their feelings overtaking them and their love visible to anyone they meet, how can they possibly escape undetected?

Check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think:


Equals is slated to open this summer.