The first trailer for Alex Garland’s latest science fiction action film, Civil War, has been released. Collaborating once again with A24, Garland’s thrilling production is set to take audiences on a dystopian drama similar to his previous projects.

With globally recognized titles like Annihilation and Ex Machina under his belt, hailed as examples of expert filmmaking, fans have been eagerly awaiting since 2022 to see what Garland would do next.

So far, there has been limited information about the nature of the battle depicted in the Civil War trailer. A recently released poster teases with images of soldiers barricading themselves atop the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

With Lady Liberty at the center of the image, viewers can infer that at least some of the action will take place around New York City. However, other details such as the timeline, motives, and the extent of the disaster remain shrouded in mystery.

The Civil War trailer fills many gaps and introduces us to Nick Offerman as a president eerily reminiscent of Coriolanus Snow.

Kirsten Dunst plays a photojournalist on a mission in this teaser, bridging the gap between the two sides involved in the war: the American government and a group known as The Western Forces.

Joining her are Wagner Moura from Narcos, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Cailee Spaeny, though their relationships are not explicitly explained in the trailer.

Together, this quartet traverses the American landscape on a journey to the White House while chaos ensues around them.

Appearing in a cameo, Dunst’s real-life husband, Jesse Plemons, plays one of the terrorists, targeting the group in a tense interaction. The trailer is filled with explosions, chaos, and anxiety-inducing scenes.

In addition to directing, Garland also wrote the screenplay for Civil War, a task he has undertaken for all his directorial ventures.

In fact, writing is where Garland began his career, as a similar tone can be seen in titles such as 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, and The Beach in 2000, which was based on his debut novel of the same name from 1996.

As he has done in the past, Garland has again assembled a star-studded team for this action-packed project, bringing Dunst back to the screen in what will be her first Golden Globe-nominated performance since her role in the 2021 drama, The Power of the Dog.

Civil War offers Garland the chance to collaborate with alumni including Henderson, Spaeny, and Karl Glusman from Devs, as well as Sonoya Mizuno from Annihilation.

Although dystopian themes may be a hallmark of this filmmaker, he also tends to write stories featuring strong female protagonists. Given the similarities in the energy of the main characters, it seems Civil War will also highlight strong women.

Civil War is set to be released in cinemas and IMAX on April 26, 2024.

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