Natalie Portman and John Hamm are space-bound in the trailer for ‘Lucy in the Sky’ (formerly known as ‘Pale Blue Dot’), an astronaut drama that explores the effects of disassociative disorder.  Portman plays Lucy Cola, who spends an extended period of time in the wonders of space.  When she must return to her everyday life on Earth, she has trouble adjusting and loses touch with reality.

Noah Hawley directed the film, which is loosely based on the real-life experiences of NASA explorer Lisa Nowak, who drove 900 miles (wearing adult diapers so she wouldn’t have to stop) to kidnap an Air Force captain, Colleen Shipman, who had become romantically involved with Nowak’s fellow astronaut, William Oefelein, with whom she was apparently obsessed.

As Portman’s Lucy says in the trailer, “I just feel a little off.  You go up there. You see the whole universe. And everything here looks so small.”

Hamm portrays her fellow astronaut Mark Goodwin, standing in for Oefelein, who reasons, “You got to see the vast celestial everything, and it blew your mind. So, now, nothing makes sense.”

Through it all, Lucy insists that she “fine.”

Hawley, who created the trippy X-Men-based series ‘Legion’ brings that surreal touch to ‘Lucy in the Sky’ to capture Lucy’s weakening grasp on reality.

‘Lucy in the Sky’ costars Hawley’s ‘Legion’ lead Dan Stevens as Lucy’s husband Drew Cola, plus Zazie Beetz, Ellen Burstyn, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Colman Domingo, Tig Notaro, and Nick Offerman.

Watch the trailer below:

Portman has dabbled in bigger-budget, higher-profile fare, such as in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels and the first two ‘Thor’ movies, but has openly expressed a dislike of such projects.  So ‘Lucy in the Sky’ may be the closest audiences get to seeing her in a space action again.  Most recently, Portman starred in heady sci-fi picture ‘Annihilation’, and the dramas ‘Vox Lux’ and ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’.

Fox Searchlight has not yet finalized a release date for ‘Lucy in the Sky’.

Source: Vanity Fair