HBO to release a first look at Ridley Scott’s The Martian in advance of its Oct. 2 release

Ridley Scott’s The Martian has dropped promo spots, featurettes, and trailers galore in advance of its Oct. 2 release, but perhaps the most in-depth look at the upcoming film will hit HBO and HBO NOW this Monday, Sept. 28, at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time.

HBO First Look: The Martian will take audiences behind the scenes for an exclusive look at the making of the film, including exclusive interviews with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Kate Mara, as well as gigantic fans creating artificial dust storms by blowing hurricane-force, 200 kph (124 mph) winds at the cast. Yikes!

It seems like this production went to great lengths to ensure that the experience felt authentic for audiences — which means that it needed to go to great lengths to make it feel authentic for the actors too.

A promo for the promo is embedded above, and Matt Damon reminds you as the video opens that “when things are really happening practically around you, it’s no acting required.” Jeff Daniels adds, “you follow your instincts, you react instead of act.” From the looks of things, director Ridley Scott kept the cast on its toes throughout filming and his use of practical effects looks like it could pay off big time.

This is sure to be a slow week for those who’ve been feverishly anticipating this film, but at least you’ll have this feature to look forward to. HBO’s First Look series typically runs for 15-20 minutes, so this should be a pretty meaty preview.

In case you missed it you can also check out the first teaser trailer, the first official trailer, and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos promo covering the movie, here, here, and here.

Have no fear, however, you will get to see the actual movie eventually. The Martian hits theaters Oct. 2.

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