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Epic Pictures Group has released the teaser trailer for the sci-fi thriller SOMNUS, written by Russell Owen and Chris Reading who also directs. SOMNUS will be released later this year.

SOMNUS follows the crew of an aging cargo ship on their final mission working the monotonous Earth-Mars shipping route. Malfunctions aboard the ship force a change off course to Somnus, a remote asteroid colony. The crew soon discovers the inhabitants of the colony have a dark past, and troubling plans for the future of mankind.

The film is inspired by the iconic work of Douglas Trumbull in such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Reading stuck to practical techniques and shot with models and on location as much as possible. The interiors of SOMNUS space ship setting were shot in decommissioned military aircraft at the East Midland Aeropark with the help of enthusiastic volunteers there.

SOMNUS is the directorial debut of Chris Reading, a graduate of City University London, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, who has had success with a number of short films, in festivals around the world.

Chris Reading and his production company, Candr Pictures Ltd., will collaborate with Epic Pictures Group on the multi-platform release of SOMNUS.

The cast includes Meryl Griffiths (The Missing Hand), Marcus McMahon (A Helical), Mac McDonald (Shooter), and Jennifer Moylan-Taylor (Guardians of the Galaxy).

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