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See the whole world fall apart in new trailer for Lindelof's The Leftovers

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Jun 9, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT (Updated)

A new trailer for Damon Lindelof’s ambitious supernatural thriller The Leftovers has arrived, giving us our first peek at the global panic in his post-Lost series. 

The new footage spliced into the latest trailer, set to a haunting cover of “The Sound of Silence,” shows the global response to the sudden disappearance of 2 percent of the planet’s population. Based on Tom Perotta’s novel of the same name, the HBO series focuses on a community of people left behind after an apparent Rapture-like event.

It’s a high-concept series, and whether you like the ending of Lost or not, it’s hard to argue that Lindelof doesn’t know how to make some damn compelling characters. The series looks fascinating, and the producer's recent comments to Entertainment Weekly have us even more intrigued:

“What really pulled me into the book was this idea of, okay, so 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared, this book is only 2 percent genre, you know? We’re just going to say this event happened, it happened three years ago, so the book is not about the immediate aftermath and all the rioting and the instability and craziness.

It’s going to basically adopt the premise of: The world has almost ended, didn’t end, and now we’re back to playing softball, paying our taxes, going to school. If you look outside the window, it’ll look like it does right now. But if you watch long enough, about two minutes of every 100-minute cycle, something very weird might walk by."

The series stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Michael Gaston and Ann Dowd. It’s set to premiere June 29 on  HBO.

(Via The Verge, Entertainment Weekly)