Fox Searchlight has finally released the first trailer for Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman and the feature directorial debut of TV filmmaker Noah Hawley, the creator of Fargo and Legion.
The film is loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak’s alleged criminal activities surrounding her romantic involvement with fellow astronaut William Oefelein. However, the film is taking on a much more psychological thriller approach. The film was formerly titled Pale Blue Dot before Lucy in the Sky, and Portman plays a fictionalized version of her named Lucy Cola, who has a breakdown and starts to lose her grip on reality after returning from space. The cast also includes Jon Hamm (Bad Omens), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Dan Stevens (Legion), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery), Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), and Colman Domingo (If Beale Street Could Talk).
Check out the long-awaited trailer for Lucy in the Sky below:
We definitely get a few hints to the more emotional narrative of the film. Jon Hamm is portraying Portman’s fellow astronaut with whom the two engage in an affair with one another. However, given this is Noah Hawley, we get a few glimpses at some trippy visions of space as Lucy wrangles with the smallness of existence, and our tiny little planet (or “pale blue dot”). The trailer even showcases the use of full-frame, 4:3, aspect ratio for scenes set on Earth. All and all, given the talent both in front of and behind, the camera, Lucy in the Sky is, if nothing else, one to keep an eye on for now.
Hawley’s film has been in production since early 2017. Reese Witherspoon was intended to star originally, but dropped out of the film in order to fulfill her scheduling commitments with Big Little Lies season 2. Hawley was set to direct the film in January 2018 after Portman joined the cast. From March to February, the remainder of the principal cast all signed on, making it apparent why the film has been in various stages of production for months. Filming began in June of 2018 before cast members such as Nick Offerman and Colman Domingo even joined.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis as well:
An astronaut returns to Earth after a lengthy mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out.
Currently, there is no firm release date for Lucy in the Sky, but Fox Searchlight is expected to release it sometime later this year.
Source: Fox Searchlight