Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Debuts First Image and Poster

So what exactly do we know about Jeff Nichols' upcoming sci-fi film, Midnight Special? Not a lot. How much have we seen? Even less, but that's now changing with the arrival of the first image, and of course Nichols' buddy Michael Shannon is right in the middle of it.

Along with the image released exclusively by EW comes a brand new poster which teases the film's plot centering on a gifted boy with special abilities. The film stars Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton,  Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, and Sam Shepard and has been described as being in the same vein as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Here's a synopsis courtesy of The Film Stage...

Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.

Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, August: Osage County) and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver (Girls). It is a full-on chase, the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.

Midnight Special hits theaters on March 28th 2016.