Sean Bean has been announced as the latest addition to Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi flick The Martian, which also stars a slew of big name talent including Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, and Kristen Wiig.
The film, based on a novel by Andy Weir, revolves around an astronaut (played by Matt Damon) who gets stranded on Mars and must survive long enough to get rescued by a NASA team sent in to save him.
Bean will play a flight director which begs the question, how will he meet his demise? Although THR reports that this may be a rare role in which he doesn’t die, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get sucked into a jet engine or maybe just spontaneously combust for no reason other than that he’s Sean Bean.
The Martian opens in theaters November 25, 2015, here’s the synopsis from the novel:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him.