Amy Adams is having a good 2016.
Her supporting turn in blockbuster hit Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might not have been the best vehicle to show off her acting skills, but Tom Ford’s dark thriller Nocturnal Animals and sci-fi film Arrival have thrown her right into the Oscars race.
Arrival, directed by Sicario’s Denis Villeneuve, centres on a linguist recruited by the military to communicate with aliens who’ve just landed on Earth.
For Adams, this is her second ‘first contact’ movie in the space of three years after greeting Henry Cavill’s Superman in Man of Steel.
However, she’s keen to stress that Arrival has little in common with her adventures as Lois Lane.
“It didn’t really feel like that story at all,” Adams told loaded of the two films’ similarities. “We’re dealing with human nature, not superheroes. The danger is coming from the human world and not from an unseen alien force. It felt very intimate and very unique to itself.”
Adams’s co-star Jeremy Renner added that Arrival was about “emotional content” ahead of blockbuster theatrics.
Arrival marks the pair’s second film together following David O Russell’s American Hustle. Adams and Renner joked that they could complete a trilogy together with a DC/Marvel crossover film.
“Maybe we do a musical – Hawkeye and Lois Lane? Just in our living room, just for us,” Renner quipped.
Adams is due to reprise her role as Lois Lane in the upcoming Justice League movie, and beyond that she’s expecting to return in Man of Steel 2.
“It’s in discussion but there’s no script or official conversation,” she said.