Ad Astra
20th Century Fox/Disney

How does one classify ‘Ad Astra’?  James Grey’s upcoming space movie, starring Brad Pitt, seems to balance tense drama, with explosions and space action.  Now, in the latest trailer, a greater emphasis has been placed on the movie’s stunning visuals.  The opening shot is filmed from overhead, with Pitt’s character Roy McBride inside of a striking geometric “recording studio” lit in red and gold.

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father 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.

The cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones as Roy’s father, the long-lost astronaut Clifford McBride, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Jamie Kennedy, John Finn, Kimberly Elise, Bobby Nish, LisaGay Hamilton, John Ortiz, and Donald Sutherland.


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Director Gray (‘The Lost City of Z’) admitted that he was daunted by the science fiction genre in an interview in 2017:

“I’m terrified by it. The science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements.  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 check out the newest trailer below:

This picture began life as a 20th Century Fox production.  Reportedly, Fox’s new owner, Disney, is so impressed with ‘Ad Astra’ that it will push it for recognition from the major award later this year.

In addition to this clip, Fox has released a new poster for ‘Ad Astra’:

‘Ad Astra’ hits theaters on September 20.


Source: Entertainment Weekly