Jeff Nichols knows how to pick 'em. The director's first two movies, 2007's "Shotgun Stories" and 2011's "Take Shelter," introduced a partnership with Michael Shannon, who has become Nichols' signature leading man. Shannon took a supporting role in Nichols' 2012 thriller "Mud," which cast Matthew McConaughey at the start of his prestige renaissance. Now, with next month's "Midnight Special," Nichols has put Shannon, a recent Golden Globe and SAG nominee for "99 Homes," back in the driver's seat.
The Huffington Post has four exclusive photos from the new movie, which premiered last week at the Berlin Film Festival and will play again at South by Southwest before opening theatrically on March 18. Inspired by John Carpenter's "Starman," "Midnight Special" is a sci-fi road trip about a former cult member named Roy (Shannon) as he attempts to protect Alton, his supernaturally gifted 8-year-old son ("St. Vincent" breakout Jaeden Lieberher), from both a religious sect (led by Sam Shepard) and a powerful government task force (led by Adam Driver).
Accompanied by an old friend (Joel Edgerton) who believes in Alton's powers and his ex-wife (Kirsten Dunst), Roy is determined to ensure his son's safety. That journey takes them from their native Texas to the Florida coast, all while Alton grows increasingly weak.
See our four shots from the Nichols-penned film below.
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