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Bummed about the decline of the Alien movies? Cheer up! Because Annihilation, director Alex Garland’s scifi follow-up to the excellent Ex Machina, is going to give you what you’ve been missing, right here on planet Earth.

Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac star in the film, based on the novel by Jeff Vandermeer. In it, Portman’s scientist ventures into the mysterious Area X, where something has decided to shake things up a bit, biologically speaking:

If you’re like us and that trailer left you desperate for more, later today we’ll have a chat with Garland about everything that’s going on here, how the movie will differ from the book, and that controversy that popped up last week.

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Annihilation opens February 23.

[Paramount]