Apple has released the official trailer for its ambitious new sci-fi series, Invasion, starring Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill.
The three-episode premiere of Invasion will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on Friday, October 22, 2021. Invasion comes from the minds of X-Men and Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg, as well as The Twilight Zone’s David Weil. The series follows the events of an Alien invasion through the lens of several characters spread across multiple continents.
IGN can exclusively reveal the thrilling trailer for Invasion in the video below or at the top of the page:
We spoke to Kinberg to learn more about the origins of Invasion’s story, where he shared how Alejandro Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning 2006 film Babel, and H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds were both inspirations.
“Well, initially I had a thought of doing a very modern global Babel, like the movie Babel meets War of the Worlds,” Kinberg told IGN. “And I met [co-creator David Weil], because I wanted a partner in creating and writing it, and we really connected. And the more we talked about it, the further and further it got away from anything resembling War of the Worlds other than it being an alien invasion. And so it became its own original thing. And what was, from the beginning, the biggest draw to me and the thing that got me the most excited, was playing the reality of what it would feel like to be invaded. I think there are a lot of nations, unfortunately, around the world that know what that feels like, but there’s a whole lot of nations that don’t, and America is one of them.”
Kinberg went on to explain that his love of science-fiction movies and TV shows comes from their ability to act as powerful metaphors for so many things in our world. Some of his favorites growing up were Alien, The Terminator, and Star Wars.
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“So in the case of the X-Men movies that I spent a lot of my life working on, the mutants were a metaphor for any persecuted or oppressed people,” Kinberg said. “And in the case of Invasion, it’s really about two things for me, metaphorically. One is the fact that we’re all aliens, that there is a sense of alienation that I think all people carry with them in some form, whether they’re alienated from their families, alienated from their communities, alienated from their jobs, there is a sense of disconnect. And I think I was really trying to find storylines in our show that would explore that feeling of alienation and really sort of explode it under the intensity of the magnifying glass of an actual alien invasion.”
Joining Neill is an expansive ensemble, including Shamier Anderson (Goliath), Golshifteh Farahani (Gen: Lock), Firas Nassar (Sirens), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2), and more.
What did you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out Invasion when it debuts on Apple TV+ on Friday, October 22, 2021.
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