Steven Soderbergh‘s Contagion is rivaled only by Garry Marshall‘s New Year’s Eve in terms of star power. Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Kate Winslet are merely the above the title names in this thriller about a worldwide virus outbreak.
Contagion opens nationwide on September 9th and fans will soon begin seeing these six new character posters in theaters. Take a look at them below and let us know what you think.
Marion Cotillard plays Dr. Leonora Orantes, a member of an international team of doctors fighting the worldwide outbreak that is at the center of Contagion.
Matt Damon plays Thomas Emhoff who, according to the trailer for Contagion, is an everyman whose wife is among the first people infected. Because he came into contact with his wife, Thomas and his kids are considered infected and are prevented from fleeing their home, leading to a desperate attempt to escape.
Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Ellis Cheever, leader of the CDC task force fighting the virus.
Jude Law plays Alan Krumwiede and while not much is known about his character, it is notable that he is not Dr. Alan Krumwiede. Despite his lack of a doctorate, the trailer shows Alan having a good deal of knowledge regarding the virus. Law’s poster is unique for being the only one showing a character taking extreme precautions against the airbone virus.
Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Beth Emhoff, wife of Matt Damon‘s Thomas Emhoff and patient zero. Paltrow’s Beth is one of the first people infected by the virus and the trailer seems to spoil the fact that Beth dies. Whether the reveal is a bit of misdirection won’t be known until we see the movie.
Kate Winslet is Dr. Erin Mears, one Laurence Fishburne‘s team of CDC doctors. The trailer shows Winslet’s Dr. Mears going out of her way to help Matt Damon‘s Thomas after his wife dies.
As if these six stars weren’t enough, the expansive cast of Contagion also includes Bryan Cranston, Demetri Martin, Sanaa Lathan, Jennifer Ehle, Elliott Gould and John Hawkes.
Contagion spreads to theaters and IMAX nationwide on September 9th 2011.