Brad Pitt’s keeping busy this year. On top of teaming up once more with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and producing A24’s celebrated drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco, he’ll be launched into space in Ad Astra. The latest film from indie favourite director James Gray has been long-awaited by Film Twitter (and France, where Gray is a much bigger deal).
A new trailer shows Pitt in action as Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer sent on a highly ambitious interstellar mission to find his father (played by Tommy Lee Jones), an astronaut who went looking for signs of alien life but never returned. The movie will also star Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga, and Jamie Kennedy. Yeah, that Jamie Kennedy.
The film looks absolutely beautiful, and noticeably more big-budget than Gray’s past work. He’s not a director who works a lot with flashy CGI, and the work required to fulfill his vision saw the movie’s release date moved back twice. It was originally set for January 11, then moved to May 24, and now it’s set for September 20, so expect this thing to play at least one of the major Fall festivals. Ad Astra is a Fox Searchlight film, which means it’s now Disney’s responsibility. They haven’t much experience with this sort of adult-focused drama, and it doesn’t seem like they’ve prioritized the releases of these Fox titles they couldn’t scrap before the deal went through. Sorry, Stuber. Could this one fare better, especially if it drums up awards talk? Stay tuned for more, and for now, enjoy Brad Pitt being sad about his dad while in spaaaaaaaaaaaace.
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