First Photo: Natalie Portman In “Annihilation”

Following rave reviews for his directorial debut “Ex Machina,” screenwriter Alex Garland returns with his follow-up film “Annihilation” and EW has posted the first photo from the project.

Based on Jeff Vandermeer’s best-selling sci-fi novel, the story follows a group of four female scientists who head into an environmental disaster zone to investigate its cause, and to find the missing husband of one of their number.

Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson make up the team, while Oscar Isaac, David Gyasi and Sonoya Mizuno take on supporting roles. “Annihilation” opens on February 23rd.