Mark Strong's Mars mission goes haywire in new trailer for Approaching The Unknown

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Apr 28, 2016, 6:08 PM EDT

Sure, the blaring noise generated from the mammoth publicity machines for Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse and Warcraft have reached deafening crescendos and tend to drown out smaller fare, but there are still some interesting indie gems out there to be discovered.

Here's a new trailer for a low-budget sci-fi film starring Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as an American astronaut aboard a malfunctioning spacecraft on his way to the Red Planet.  Directed by newcomer Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Approaching the Unknown tells the haunting tale of Captain William Stanaforth, the first man to visit Mars, who experiences a series of hallucinatory episodes while debating whether to abort the one-way mission as he attempts to get a grip on his sanity.  

Here's the official synopsis:

Captain William D. Stanaforth, a brilliant scientist and newly trained astronaut, embarks on an epic 270-day journey to Mars. When he docks with Captain Emily Maddox, another astronaut on a concurrent solo-journey to Mars, things go terribly wrong and they are forced to consider aborting the mission and turning back to Earth. Stanaforth’s ambition and commitment is all consuming – so he decides to undock his ship and continue his mission into unexplored space. As Stanaforth breaches the unknown, he is forced to confront the magnitude and complexity of being a hero, including the pain he’s caused and the sacrifices he has made, and what it means to complete the mission at all costs.

The trailer does approach spoilery territory in its psychological examination of the isolation of space travel and its unforeseen perils, but this smart independent production could be a sleeper hit in the making.  Have a look ...


Also starring Luke Wilson, Sanaa Lathan, Anders Danielsen Lie and Charles Baker, Approaching the Unknown launches into theaters on June 3.

(Via Geek Tyrant)