Bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? J.J. Abrams, fresh of the blockbuster success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, surprised audiences everywhere with a trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Viewers who went to see Michael Bay‘s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi were stunned by the trailer. Shortly afterward, Paramount Pictures released the trailer online.
So far, the reactions around the Internet have been of shock and surprise. The common reaction from social media and news outlets was the shock that Abrams and his company, Bad Robot Productions, made the movie in secret. In actuality, the film was announced in 2014 under the shooting title “Valencia,” and the production crew kept the official title under wraps until the trailer was produced.
Although it shares the title of 2008’s Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane isn’t classified as an official sequel. Abrams, who is executive producing the film, stated that the movie is a “blood relative” of Cloverfield.
10 Cloverfield Lane is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, his major film directorial debut. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, The Thing, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, The Flintstones, The Babe), John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom), Mat Vario (Revolution), and Maya Erskine (Betas, Man Seeking Woman) make up the film’s cast.
10 Cloverfield Lane opens March 11, 2016.