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Jennifer Hudson and Quvenzhané Wallis Fend Off Disaster in Post-Apocalyptic “Breathe” Trailer (Exclusive)

Milla Jovovich, Sam Worthington and Common also star in the film about an uninhabitable Earth

It’s Jennifer Hudson versus the apocalypse — and her fellow survivors — in the new movie Breathe

Also starring Milla Jovovich, Quvenzhané Wallis, Common, Raúl Castillo and Sam Worthington, the upcoming thriller is directed by Stefon Bristol and written by Doug Simon.

PEOPLE is exclusively debuting the first trailer, which features Hudson and her costars in action-star mode.

The Oscar winner, 42, can be seen navigating a New York City deprived of breathable oxygen and holing up with her family.

“After Earth is left uninhabitable due to lack of oxygen, a mother Maya (Hudson) and her daughter Zora (Wallis) are forced to live underground, with short trips to the surface only made possible by a coveted, state-of-the-art oxygen suit,” reads a synopsis.

<p>Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.</p> Milla Jovovich in "Breathe"

Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.

Milla Jovovich in "Breathe"

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Maya’s husband Darius, “whom she presumes to be dead,” is played by Common, 51. “When a mysterious couple arrives claiming to know Darius and his fate, Maya tentatively agrees to let them into their bunker,” continues the synopsis.

But, as the pulse-pounding trailer indicates, “these visitors are not who they claim to be.”

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“I am so proud to share the screen with such a talented group of actors,” Jovovich, 48, tells PEOPLE in a statement. She adds that Breathe director Bristol was a “wonderful” collaborator.

<p>Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.</p> Jennifer Hudson in "Breathe"

Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.

Jennifer Hudson in "Breathe"

Bristol, a Film Independent Spirit Award winner for 2019's See You Yesterday, also has praise for his “incredible” cast, who “all bring freshness and something gravely unique to the storytelling.”

He tells PEOPLE he is “so damn happy for the world to finally get to see” what he calls “a labor of love.”

<p>Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.</p>

Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.

“It’s a story about a mother and daughter who are at odds, fighting to survive,” the filmmaker says. “They have to learn to trust each other, because one small mistake will mean agonizing death. What family can’t relate to that?”

In a statement about the film’s message, Bristol says Breathe is “a personal story. The more personal, the more universal. We want to scare the audience to realize that the Earth can end tomorrow.”

<p>Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.</p> Quvenzhané Wallis and Sam Worthington in "Breathe"

Courtesy of Breathe Productions Inc.

Quvenzhané Wallis and Sam Worthington in "Breathe"

Citing a Native American proverb — “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but we borrow it from our children” — Bristol adds that his goal with the film was to help audiences “realize that we are on the verge of leaving our children and future generations with a terrible planet” thanks to man-made climate change.

“The characters keep talking and thinking about their children. They are more concerned about the survival of their children than themselves. The future generations do not deserve this. We have to give our children the tools to help sustain and re-grow the Earth.”

Breathe is in theaters, on digital and on demand April 26. 

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