Lucy in the Sky

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Lucy in the Sky
Directed byNoah Hawley
Produced by
Written by
  • Brian C. Brown
  • Elliott DiGuiseppi
  • Noah Hawley
Music byJeff Russo
CinematographyPolly Morgan
Edited byRegis Kimble
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
CountryUnited States

Lucy in the Sky is an upcoming American drama film directed by Noah Hawley in his directorial feature film debut and starring Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz and Ellen Burstyn.


An astronaut returns to Earth after a lengthy mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family, and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out.

The film is loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak's criminal activities around her romantic involvement with fellow astronaut William Oefelein.[1]



In February 2017, Noah Hawley was brought onto the project, then known as Pale Blue Dot, to produce alongside Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon, with Witherspoon intended to star in the lead role.[2] However, in November 2017, Witherspoon dropped out of the film in order to shoot a second season of Big Little Lies.[3] By January 2018, Hawley was also set to direct the film, while Natalie Portman entered into negotiations for the lead role.[4] In March 2018, Jon Hamm joined the cast.[5] In April 2018, Zazie Beetz joined the cast, with Dan Stevens joining in May.[6][7] In June 2018, Ellen Burstyn joined the cast to portray the grandmother of Portman's character.[8] In July 2018, Colman Domingo and Jeremiah Birkett joined the cast of the film.[9] In February 2019, it was announced Nick Offerman had been cast in the film.[10]

Filming began in June 2018.[11][12]


The film trailer features an instrumental rendition of the music theme from the Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".[13]


Retired astronaut Marsha Ivins criticized the premise of the plot and denied that there is such thing as a "longstanding idea that says astronauts begin to lose their grip on reality after being in space for an extended period of time".[14][15]


  1. ^ Yuill, Oscar (July 26, 2018). "Pale Blue Dot: first look at Natalie Portman in Noah Hawley's murderous astronaut drama". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (February 18, 2017). "Noah Hawley to Produce Reese Witherspoon's Astronaut Drama 'Pale Blue Dot'". Variety. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (November 9, 2017). "'Big Little Lies': Reese Witherspoon Backs Out Of 'Pale Blue Dot' As HBO Miniseries Nears Second Installment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys; Galuppo, Mia (January 11, 2018). "Natalie Portman to Star in Astronaut Drama 'Pale Blue Dot'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 14, 2018). "Jon Hamm to Star With Natalie Portman in Astronaut Drama 'Pale Blue Dot' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys; Galuppo, Mia (April 2, 2018). "Zazie Beetz in Talks to Join Natalie Portman in 'Pale Blue Dot' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys; Galuppo, Mia (May 10, 2018). "Dan Stevens Joining Natalie Portman in Fox Searchight's Noah Hawley Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys; Galuppo, Mia (June 8, 2018). "Ellen Burstyn Joins Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight's Noah Hawley Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 10, 2018). "'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Colman Domingo Joins Fox Searchlight's Noah Hawley Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Marc, Christopher (February 12, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: Nick Offerman Has A Role In Noah Hawley's Sci-Fi Drama 'Lucy In The Sky' Starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Hooton, Christopher (June 28, 2018). "Zazie Beetz: 'My German identity is really important to me'". The Independent. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  12. ^ First Photo: Natalie Portman In “Pale Blue Dot”
  13. ^ Desta, Yohana (March 19, 2019). "Natalie Portman Is a Twangy Astronaut in Trippy Lucy in the Sky Trailer". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Female Astronauts and the Reality of Space". Time. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Reese Witherspoon Playing A PTSD Astronaut In Pale Blue Dot". CINEMABLEND. May 13, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2018.

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