It start with an AMBER alert for an eight-year-old boy and ends with child with glowing eyes causing massive disturbances: Judging by the first trailer for the star-studded sci-fi throwback Midnight Special, we may have a candidate for next year’s best old-school Spielberg-esque film not made by the man himself.
A mysterious chase movie that filmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) has likened to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the movie tells the story of a man (Michael Shannon) and his uniquely gifted eight-year-old kid, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher). The details of the youngster’s abilities are a mystery, but the trailer makes it perfectly clear that things tend to blow up whenever he takes a pair of swimming goggles off. Forced to protect his son from government agents who think he’s a weapon — and religious extremists who think he’s their savior — the boy and his dad go on the run in search of safety.
Midnight Special is scheduled to open on March 18, 2016. The film also stars Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, and Sam Shepard.