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UFO trailer: Beam up this exclusive sneak peek at the sci-fi thriller starring Gillian Anderson

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Jul 2, 2018, 1:05 PM EDT

To celebrate World UFO Day today, we have an exclusive trailer of the movie (yep, you guessed it) UFO, an intriguing sci-fi thriller starring Gillian Anderson, Alex Sharp, and David Strathairn, which will debut on digital and DVD Sept. 4.

Just like those observing this day in search of unidentified flying objects, the movie sets to uncover mysteries of the universe after a young student named Derek (played by Tony-winning actor Alex Sharp) investigates what he believes to be a series of extraterrestrial sightings on earth.

Helped by his advanced mathematics professor Dr. Hendricks (played by X-Files’ Anderson) and girlfriend Natalie (played by Ella Purnell) Derek races after these supposed UFO sightings with FBI special agent Franklin Ahls (played by David Strathairn) hot on his heels.

It’s billed as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, and judging by the trailer it looks like a fun ride, as well as diving deep into UFO mythology — particularly with Anderson’s character on hand to do the math.

Production on the movie began way back in December 2016 in Cincinnati, and it appears as though the project took a little while to find its way to distribution. Still, what better day to drop the trailer than today.

World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch for unexplained mysteries in the skies (it is also celebrated by some on June 24). July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident, while June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be the first widely chronicled unidentified flying object sighting in the United States.

But if you're still on the fence about whether there really is anything out there, here are nine alien encounters that will make you believe there is.

Ponder that on World UFO Day...

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