What Happened to Monday trailer mixes Orphan Black with dystopian future

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:21 AM EDT (Updated)

The first poster and trailer for the upcoming Netflix feature-length film What Happened to Monday were released Monday (appropriately enough). The film evokes beloved science fiction from across the decades, including the most recent, Orphan Black, thanks to its base concept.

In a near-future society, overpopulation has reached a breaking point, and most governments have a strict "One Child Policy," and families cannot break it. One family has a rare set of septuplets -- seven identical daughters -- and decides to try to raise them and keep them alive by making them all assume the identity of one person. Named after the days of the week, the seven girls grow to adulthood by only going out on their given day, and all living as Karen Settman, played by Noomi Rapace. The trailer shows how the various characters Noomi plays all interact together, evoking that Orphan Black feeling. Of course, one of them eventually gets caught - you can probably guess who based on the movie's title.

Check out the trailer and poster below Netflix's official description. What Happened to Monday, directed by Tommy Wirkola and starring Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close, hits Netflix on August 18.

In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic "One Child Policy," seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home ...