Directed by: James Gray
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release date: 20 September, 2019
Running Time: Minutes
Budget: $49.8 million
An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
Ad Astra is an upcoming American science fiction film directed by James Gray, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ethan Gross. The film stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland, and follows an astronaut who must go out into space in search of his long-lost father, whose experiment threatens the solar system.
The project was announced in early 2016, with Gray saying he wanted to feature “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie“. Pitt signed on to star in April 2017, and the rest of the cast joined later that year. Filming began around Los Angeles that August, lasting through October.
Ad Astra is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on September 20, 2019, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Fox banner.
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.
Ad Astra: Production
Director James Gray first confirmed his plans to write and direct Ad Astra on May 12, 2016 during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
In April 2017, whilst promoting The Lost City of Z, Gray compared the story of Ad Astra to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Gray also mentioned that he intended for the film to feature “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.'” Gray also confirmed that filming for Ad Astra would commence on July 17, 2017.
On April 10, 2017, James Gray confirmed that Brad Pitt would star in Ad Astra. In June, Tommy Lee Jones joined the cast to portray Pitt’s lost father. In August, Ruth Negga, John Finn, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Kennedy joined the cast.
Principal photography on the film began in mid-August 2017 in Santa Clarita, California, lasting 60 days.
The visual effects are provided by Moving Picture Company, Method Studios, Mr. X, Weta Digital, Brainstorm Digital, and Capital T and Supervised by Christopher Downs, Guillaume Rocheron, Ryan Tudhope, Aidan Fraser, Olaf Wendt, Anders Langlands, Eran Dinur, and Jamie Hallett and Territory Studio.
Ad Astra is scheduled to be released on September 20, 2019, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Fox banner. It was previously scheduled for January 11, 2019 and then for May 24 before being pushed back.
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