09.12.15

Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain have starred in two of the biggest science-fiction films of the last year, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Martian. “Each time I get to do a few more scenes with Jessica. We got 10 minutes in this one,” Damon told JD Heyman when asked about The Martian at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly’s photo studio on Friday. “Then hopefully a full film next time.”

Based on the book by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Damon as Mark Whatney, a botanist who gets stranded on Mars after his crew, led by Chastain, leaves him for dead following an accident. As Whatney uses his smarts to survive, his crew and the earthbound NASA scientists devise ways to bring him home.

“When I met the screenwriter, Drew Goddard, he said he wanted the movie to be a love-letter to science,” Damon said. “I think that it is. But I think something both Drew and Andy in the book do really a really good job of is making the science understandable.”

The Martian is out on Oct. 2.