The movie is based on the first book in a trilogy by author Rick Yancey

By Drew Mackie
Updated September 02, 2015 07:30 PM
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In the upcoming sci-fi movie The 5th Wave, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a heroic 16-year-old trying to fend off invading alien forces in a near-post-apocalyptic world. She’s also playing a character that should be familiar to fans of young adult books: The movie is based on the first in a popular trilogy by author Rick Yancey. (And yes, all young adult series adapted into films have to come in trilogy form now.)

The original novel The 5th Wave was followed by The Infinite Sea in 2014. The final sequel, The Last Star, is expected to be released in 2016.

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The film is being co-produced by Tobey Maguire and also features Ron Livingston, Liev Schreiber and It Follows star Maika Monroe. The 5th Wave is set to hit theaters on Jan. 15, 2015.