You wait ages for a new Brad Pitt movie and then two come along at once. In August, the Hollywood heavyweight lends muscle to Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio. And later in September, he undertakes an outer-space mission in the intriguing-looking Ad Astra. Here's the poster.
The Lost City of Z director James Gray presents an original story about an astronaut haunted by his father's legacy. Pitt plays Roy McBride whose pops (Tommy Lee Jones) vanished on an interstellar voyage to Neptune in search of extraterrestrial life. McBride is then informed by the authorities that his dad, under the pretext of 'The Lima Project', was working on a deadly piece of technology with the capacity to wipe out our solar system.
McBride then sets out on his own mission to track down his dad and discover the mystery behind his disappearance. Judging from the first trailer, this allows for plenty of retina-scorching visuals from Gray and Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema – this is clearly very much in the vein of Christopher Nolan's movie, as well as recent hits like Gravity and established classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
"I’m terrified by it," Gray told Collider at the outset of principal photography in 2017. "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."
Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts on Ad Astra @Cineworld. The movie is scheduled for release on 18th September.