Sean Bean joins The Martian

Sean Bean is set to join Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in Ridley Scott's upcoming sci-fi film 'The Martian'

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Sean Bean

Sean Bean is set to star in 'The Martian'.

The 55-year-old actor will join forces with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels for director Ridley Scott's sci-fi movie in which he will portray a NASA flight director, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The motion picture, based on the novel by Andy Weir, will see Damon play Mark Watney, a US astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and tries to survive long enough for NASA to rescue him.

Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig have also joined the cast of the film, which Scott is set to produce alongside Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.

The movie, which has been described as "'Apollo 13' meets 'Cast Away'", is slated for a November 2015 release.

It could be busy year of film premieres for Bean in 2015 as he is also starring in eagerly-anticipated sci-fi flick 'Jupiter Ascending', which was recently pushed back to February next year.

The movie sees Mila Kunis play a house cleaner who discovers she is a princess and embarks on a whirlwind journey with an elf-eared alien warrior (Channing Tatum), who is tasked to protect her.

Other stars include Eddie Redmayne and Douglas Booth, while Bean will portray Han Solo-type character Stinger, who has been spliced with bee DNA meaning he has extremely good vision, super speed and a sense of loyalty as well as wings.

The Martian

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
  • UK release: 30 September 2015

When a NASA Mars mission is struck by a storm and the team decides to abort, fallen colleague Mark Watney (Damon) is believed dead. But he isn't, and he goes about trying to survive until a rescue can happen. Spectacular, tension-filled, top-quality popcorn from Scott, centred on Damon's wryly funny and understated…

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