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Michael Peña takes shelter from aliens in first Extinction trailer

July 12th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange
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Michael Peña has a film set to release at the end of the month: alien-invasion thriller Extinction, in which he stars alongside Lizzy Caplan as a father with recurring dreams of his family being threatened by an unknown enemy. When an extraterrestrial armada is attacking people and to destroy Earth, however, these visions seem the only key to salvation.

Extinction has seen trouble to reach the big screen; like Alex Garland’s impressive sci-fi achievement Annihilation, it could lay claim to the dubious distinction of being too tricky to market. All across Universal Pictures’ release calendar, the studio ended up pulling Extinction altogether, selling worldwide distribution rights to Netflix, which — with today’s first trailer — has come up with a July 27 release for the film. Whereas Paramount gave Annihilation a stateside theatrical release, giving away rollouts in other countries to Netflix, Extinction isn’t getting that, which is not a good sign.

The first trailer for the Ben Young-directed presents a promising picture, teasing a sci-fi riff on Take Shelter that transforms into a War of the Worlds-esque survival thriller. Young’s 2016 directorial debut Hounds of Love was one of the most psychologically complex horror-thrillers to come along in quite some time, and the prospect of pairing him with an actor as versatile as Peña seem on paper just the right combo.

For Netflix, the title represents another high-caliber foray into sci-fi in a year that’s already seen the streaming giant roll out The Cloverfield Paradox, TAU, Mute, The Titan, and sci-fi series Altered Carbon to considerable success. Luckily, those who wonder why Universal looked the other way with this one don’t have long to wait. Extinction will hit Netflix on July 27.

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