It’s been a bumpy ride to the theaters for Ad Astra, the upcoming sci-fi drama starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. The Fox film was set to make its debut on May 24. But as that date approached, there was no promotions, no trailer, no word. Speculation was that Disney’s acquisition of Fox had stalled this astronaut adventure’s launch. Perhaps it was pushed to help clear the path for Disney’s March 24 release, Aladdin. But looking at the long-awaited trailer for Ad Astra, I suspect this move might have been its benefit.
Co-written and directed by James Gray, Ad Astra does not look like the kind of rollicking space adventure that might have threatened a feel-good family-film from an established property. It looks more like the kind of sophisticated science fiction you’d expect from the filmmaker behind Two Lovers, The Immigrant and The Lost City of Z. Which is to say Ad Astra looks like a drama centered on inner emotional turmoil more than external forces, however stellar.
Check out the trailer for Ad Astra:
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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.
Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland co-star.
Ad Astra opens September 20. Will it be worth the wait?