Be afraid. Be very afraid. Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion' is opening Sept. 9 and from what we've seen of the trailer, it sure is gonna be a scarer -- possibly because it's so close to reality. The plot line: 'Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

Warner Bros. has just released six character posters that feature each of the main cast members -- Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Gwyneth Paltrow -- in various states of disbelief and horror. Check them out after the jump -- and also take a gander at the trailer. And please stay calm.

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