This week, Collider revealed an exclusive clip from the film which features former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) stepping back into the spacesuit for what can only be presumed a suicide mission, strapping in next to conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley), and Brian Harper, another astronaut from her past (played by Patrick Wilson).
With the moon hurtling into terra firma, the three plucky heroes fly straight into it, narrowly missing chunks of debris and rock as it shatters apart.
Here’s the clip:
The film’s official blurb reads:
“In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (Bradley) believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is.”
Emmerich originally wanted to make a Moonfall trilogy. The 66-year-old filmmaker explained that he wanted it to be the first of three movies, but is now uncertain about making follow-up projects. He said:
“I’m not very high on sequels. But I tried this time to make this a trilogy, but I am not sure even if I want it anymore.
“I think if I do a sequel, I will make it a little bit more like the original Star Wars, the second one will have a huge cliffhanger. Because that’s totally lost on people.
“Everything always has to be clean cut. Why not leave them hanging and say, ‘We left you hanging, see the conclusion in two years.'”
Emmerich suggested that there is more space action compared to his previous movies including Independence Day:
“Well, it was just the idea that the moon is not what you think it is. That somebody must have built it. Which is crazy and amazing, right?
“Then you learn who built it, which I cannot give away. But alone that somebody kind of put something like out there and there’s kind of, let’s say the bad guy, which is the nano swarm, who finally found us and that’s how the whole movie starts.
“In this movie, there is not so much, I would say, Earth action than you normally find in my movies. It’s a space movie, and to a lesser degree, that the moon is falling on Earth.”
The film also stars Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, Carolina Bartczak, and Donald Sutherland.
Moonfall arrives in theaters on February 4th.