The Tomorrow War

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The Tomorrow War
Directed byChris McKay
Produced by
Written byZach Dean[1]
Music byLorne Balfe
CinematographyLarry Fong
Edited byRoger Barton
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 23, 2021 (2021-07-23) (United States)
CountryUnited States

The Tomorrow War is an upcoming American military science fiction action film directed by Chris McKay in his live-action directorial debut, produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner, and written by Zach Dean. The film will star Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Sam Richardson, and J. K. Simmons, with Pratt also executive producing the film. The film, which is set in the near future, focuses on humanity's war against an invading alien force, hoping to win it by using scientists' new ability to draft soldiers from the past to the war.

The film is scheduled to be released on July 23, 2021.


The fate of a futuristic war rests upon one man's abilities to confront the ghosts of his past. Humanity is losing to an alien invasion, so to fight back, scientists develop a way to draft soldiers from the past to fight the war.[2]



It was announced in February 2019 that Chris Pratt was in negotiations to star in the film (then known as Ghost Draft), and which was set to be directed by Chris McKay.[4] In July, Yvonne Strahovski was added to the cast.[5] J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Theo Von, Jasmine Mathews, Keith Powers were added to the cast in August,[6][7][8][9][10] with Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge, and additional cast joining in September.[11][12] The movie was retitled as The Tomorrow War.[13] Creature designer Ken Barthelmey designed the aliens for the film.[citation needed]


Filming began on September 1, 2019, with Lincolnton, Georgia, Atlanta and Iceland as filming locations.[14][15] Filming wrapped on January 12, 2020.[citation needed]


The film was originally scheduled to be released on December 25, 2020 by Paramount Pictures. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pulled from the schedule and later rescheduled to July 23, 2021, taking the release date of Mission: Impossible 7 and then later pulled from the schedule.[16][17][18][19] In January of 2021, Amazon Studios was in final talks to acquire the film for a reported $200 million.[20]


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  2. ^ Jussim, Matthew (August 21, 2019). "Chris Pratt's 'Ghost Draft': Everything to Know About the New Action Film". Men's Journal. Archived from the original on February 21, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Anderton, Ethan (November 11, 2019). "Get a First Look at Chris Pratt's Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Tomorrow War', Formerly Known as 'Ghost Draft'". SlashFilm. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
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  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2019). "'Handmaid's Tale's' Yvonne Strahovski Joins Chris Pratt in 'Ghost Draft' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (August 19, 2019). "J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 20, 2019). "'Veep's Sam Richardson Joins Chris Pratt In 'Ghost Draft' Sci-Fi". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 21, 2019). "Stand-Up Comedian Theo Von Joins Chris Pratt In Skydance-Paramount's 'Ghost Draft'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 23, 2019). "'Ghost Draft': 'Sweetbitter' Actress Jasmine Mathews Joins Skydance Sci-Fi Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (August 26, 2019). "'What/If' Actor Keith Powers Joins Chris Pratt in Skydance's 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (September 4, 2019). "Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 4, 2019). "'Ghost Draft': Paramount/Skydance Sci-Fi Film Adds More To Cast". Deadline. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  13. ^ Gemmill, Allie (November 9, 2019). "Chris Pratt Shares Set Photo & New Title From the Movie Formerly Known as 'Ghost Draft'". Collider. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ghost Draft - Production Listing". Backstage. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Chris Pratt's Next Movie "Ghost Draft" To Film in Atlanta (REPORT)". Project Casting. April 6, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ McClintock, Pamela (November 11, 2019). "Chris Pratt's Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Tomorrow War' Lands Christmas 2020 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  17. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 2, 2020). "'A Quiet Place Part II' Sets New September Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  18. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 2, 2020). "'Top Gun Maverick' Flies To Christmas Corridor, 'SpongeBob' Eyes Late Summer, 'Quiet Place II' To Debut Labor Day". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 2, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  19. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (April 24, 2020). "'Mission: Impossible' Sequels Get Pushed Back". Variety. Archived from the original on April 25, 2020. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 12, 2021). "Chris Pratt's 'The Tomorrow War' Sci-Fi Movie Shopped To Streamers By Skydance; Amazon Eyeing For £1– Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 13, 2021.

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