20th Century Fox has finally debuted an official trailer for the epic sci-fi thriller Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt and directed by acclaimed filmmaker James Gray.
Ad Astra follows Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy, John Finn, Kimberly Elise, Bobby Nish, LisaGay Hamilton, and John Ortiz all co-star.
Check out the first trailer for James Gray’s Ad Astra below:
Filmmaker James Gray has directed Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Immigrant, and The Lost City of Z previously. He is, by and large, one of the most acclaimed American filmmakers abroad, meaning he is way more appreciated and respected in places like France (wherein almost all of his films have premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival).
Ad Astra has been in production a little longer than most other Gray films. The film was shot in late 2017, then originally set for release in early 2019 and initially set for release by 20th Century Fox, Ad Astra will now be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, which acquired the famed studio and its Fox Searchlight prestige subsidiary including the rights to big name franchises like Avatar, X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four.
Written by Gray and Ethan Gross (TV’s Fringe), and produced by Pitt through his Plan B production company. Gray sought to make a “realistic sci-fi movie.” In an interview with Collider, Gray elaborated by saying “the science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements,” the director said. “What I’m trying to do is the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.’ It’s kind of a Heart of Darkness story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system. I have a lot of hopes for it, but it is certainly ambitious.”
You can also check out the film’s poster below:
Ad Astra is set for release on September 20th, which would seem to make it an almost certain entry at Venice, TIFF and/or Telluride.
Source: 20th Century Fox