Sean Bean to Star With Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’


by S. Scott Stanikmas

Remember all those ads from the summer promoting Sean Bean’s new show Legends? It was all about #Don’tKillSeanBean, because it seemed in every project he made he died a horrible death. Well in Ridley Scott’s newest film The Martian, based on the book of the same name by author Andy Weir, Bean has nothing to worry about. Matt Damon will play the titular character in danger, but according to The Hollywood Reporter Sean bean has signed on for a role in the movie a little closer to safety.

The Martian is the story of botanist and mechanical engineer Mark Watney, played by Damon, who is mistakenly left behind on Mars. His crew was forced to evacuate due to a freak dust storm and he was thought to be dead. Watney is very much alive though, and he must find a way to survive until he can figure out a way to contact Earth and they send a rescue mission. Bean will play a NASA flight director

Sean Bean joins an already stacked cast. Signed on to the project at this time are Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara.

Don’t jump to conclusions here. A lot of people are going to call this a rip-off of Gravity, what with the scientist caught in space and forced to survive until they can make it back home. These are two totally different animals. The Wall Street Journal’s Alexandra Alter pegged it right when she called it The Martian a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

Set to come out November 25th, 2015, I’m already excited. How about you IR readers?

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