Ad Astra (film)

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Ad Astra
Ad Astra - film poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byJames Gray
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music byMax Richter
CinematographyHoyte van Hoytema
Edited by
  • John Axelrad
  • Lee Haugen
Production
companies
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • September 20, 2019 (2019-09-20)
Country
  • United States
  • Brazil
LanguageEnglish
Budget$49.8 million[1]

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.

Plot[edit]

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.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Director James Gray first confirmed his plans to write and direct Ad Astra on May 12, 2016 during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

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.[4]

On April 10, 2017, James Gray confirmed that Brad Pitt would star in Ad Astra.[5] In June, Tommy Lee Jones joined the cast to portray Pitt's lost father.[2] In August, Ruth Negga, John Finn, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Kennedy joined the cast.[6][7][8][9]

Principal photography on the film began in mid-August 2017 in Santa Clarita, California, lasting 60 days.[10][11][1]

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.[12]

Release[edit]

Ad Astra is scheduled to be released on September 20, 2019, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Fox banner.[13] It was previously scheduled for January 11, 2019 and then for May 24 before being pushed back.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Film and Television Tax Credit Program Program 2.0 (PDF) (Report). California Film Commission. p. 9. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming (June 23, 2017). "Tommy Lee Jones To Star With Brad Pitt In Deep-Space Epic". Deadline. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Lang, Brent (12 May 2016). "Cannes: James Gray Making Sci-Fi Epic 'Ad Astra'". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  4. ^ Chitwood, Adam (10 April 2017). "James Gray Says His Sci-Fi Movie 'Ad Astra' Starts Filming This Summer with Brad Pitt". Collider. Complex Media Inc. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  5. ^ Chitwood, Adam (10 April 2017). "James Gray Says His Sci-Fi Movie 'Ad Astra' Starts Filming This Summer with Brad Pitt". Collider. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt in 'Ad Astra' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  7. ^ "Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt and Lee Jones in sci-fi thriller Ad Astra". Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  8. ^ "Donald Sutherland Joins James Gray's 'Ad Astra' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  9. ^ "Jamie Kennedy Joins James Gray's 'Ad Astra' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  10. ^ "Filming this week in SCV, August 21-27, 2017". Santa Clarita Valley Signal. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "Now Filming in SCV: Arrested Development, Seal Team, more". SCVTV.com. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "AD ASTRA - ART OF VFX". www.artofvfx.com. June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 7, 2019). "Disney-Fox Updates Release Schedule: Sets Three Untitled 'Star Wars' Movies, 'New Mutants' Heads To 2020, 'Ad Astra' To Open Fall & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (14 September 2017). "Brad Pitt's Sci-Fi Movie 'Ad Astra' to Hit Theaters in January 2019". Variety. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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