Natalie Portman's 'Annihilation' Sets 2018 Release Date

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The adaptation of the acclaimed novel is from 'Ex-Machina' director Alex Garland.

Audiences will be taking a trip to Area X this February.

Paramount has set a Feb. 23, 2018 release date for Annihilation, the adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel from Jeff VanderMeer.

The film is directed by Ex Machina's Alex Garland, and stars Natalie Portman as the lead character, an unnamed biologist sent on a special mission.

In March at Cinemacon, creepy first footage from the project was shown, with the husband of Portman's character (Oscar Isaac) returning home one year after being sent off on a mysterious mission, but he's not quite himself. (Read a full description of the footage here.)

In the novels, the government sends expeditions to Area X, an uninhabited land in which unexplainable things happen. Those who due enter Area X either don't live long or return not quite as themselves.

The novel Annihilation is the first book in VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, which debuted in 2014.