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Note to self: cancel plans to make out with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Paltrow appears with an all-star cast in the upcoming film “Contagion,” for which the first trailer just released this week. In the trailer, we see Paltrow as she becomes the first victim of a deadly and highly contagious strain of bird flu that eventually spreads at an alarming rate. The result is a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions that the other stars of the film, including Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon, must deal with.

Interestingly, the movie appears to be tied in with the activist website TakePart, which inspires readers to pitch in to a number of different causes. The page on TakePart offers tips on preventing illness and even a bit on preparing for a disaster such as this one. They note that “It’s not a matter of if, but when.” It seems that “Contagion” is partly providing a warning to us that our current way of life, with people living in big, crowded cities and packing into planes and buses, is setting us up for disaster.

But at the beginning of the trailer, we hear Damon talking about where the outbreak started…at a “groundbreaking ceremony for a new factory.” Considering we’re talking about bird flu here, could it be that the movie is making a point about factory farming? After all, the practices of factory farms are not only cruel to animals, but dangerous to us: packing that many animals into a small space increases the risk of an outbreak of disease by a huge factor.

It wouldn’t be a huge surprise, considering how active some of these stars are in campaigns and charities. Damon in particular is an Ecorazzi regular, what with his work in providing clean water around the globe through Water.org.

Check out the unsettling trailer below, and get a glimpse of the post-apocalyptic world after the “Contagion” hits: