When Thirty Seconds To Mars posted a lengthy (and insanely specific) casting call on their official site earlier this year — one looking for "a very large pet snake," "albino men/women/children" and "a chemist who does science experiments," among other things — you knew that had something big in the works.
And now, we're bringing you an exclusive sneak peek at just what they've been working on — a trailer for the "Up In The Air" short film, which seems to follow in the footsteps 2010's "Hurricane" mini-movie, in that it is once again directed by the mysterious (wink, wink) Bartholomew Cubbins ... and it's general largesse.
Over a bed of ominous music, we catch quick glimpses of a wolf, a lion, a line of soldiers, a plus-sized model and a mechanical bull (to name just a few), and, as Jared Leto explained to MTV News, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Because "Up In The Air" is a short film in just about every conceivable way.
"It's hard to call it a 'music video,' because it encapsulates not just the song, but many songs form the record, and we have an incredible cast of characters: the art of Damien Hirst, and an artist in New York, Maxwell Snow, who came and set a bunch of sh-- on fire," he said. "We have the U.S. Olympic Women's gymnasts, we have Dita Von Teese, we have some Cirque du Soleil performers, we have Shannon, Tomo and me, we have a zebra, a lion, a wolf, a snake, some birds, over 100 butterflies ...it's a Noah's Ark."
There's still no firm release date for the "Up In The Air" short film — Mars will release their brand new album, LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS on May 21 — but based on what we've just seen, said date can't come soon enough. Get ready ... this one looks like it's going to be epic.
What do you want to see in "Up In The Air?" Let us know in the comments below!