Jeremy Renner

How Elvish, comics and rowdy astrophysicists helped Eric Heisserer write 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated script

How Elvish, comics and rowdy astrophysicists helped Eric Heisserer write 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated script

As far as hit Hollywood movies go, this one couldn’t be more unlikely: A linguist and a physicist are charged with deciphering alien communication while ruminating on the relativity of language and the nature of time.

Yet, “Arrival,” the sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as a pair of scientists attempting to communicate with a group of “heptapods” from outer space, has been beloved by both critics and audiences — to the tune of a $195-million box office haul worldwide. Moreover, it’s racked up seven Academy Award nominations, including for cinematography, directing (Denis Villaneuve) and adapted screenplay.

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