Alex Garland left quite an impression with his 2014 directorial debut Ex Machina, so many film fans are understandably excited for his next film, Annihilation, and the anticipation can really ramp up now that Annihilation has received an official release date.

According to multiple sources, including Variety, Annihilation is slated to come out in theaters on February 23rd, 2018 from Paramount Pictures.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's novel of the same name (the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Lovecraftian, mind-bending horror), Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on Annihilation as we get closer to its release, and for those unfamiliar with the source material, here's the official synopsis and cover art for the novel (via Amazon):

"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers--they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding--but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything."

Source: Variety
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