Brad Pitt is seen talking deep leap into the space to save humanity in James Gray’s science fiction film Ad Astra, which means “to the stars” in Latin. The trailer for Ad Astra is out and introduces astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) assigned to find out about the classified mission that caused the disappearance of his father, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), several years ago. The film is all set for its September 20 release.
The story follows around the time during which a mission was inducted to find advanced extra-terrestrial life through Clifford experiments with a material that could threaten the solar system, as per a character in the trailer. Roy’s follow-up also involves, apart from the other things, a shootout that presumably takes place on the moon.
Gray while throwing light on the film said that Ad Astra would have “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie”. He also compared the film to Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel Heart of Darkness and called Ad Astra a mash-up of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979).
Gray has himself co-written the film along with Ethan Gross. Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar) has taken care of the cinematography while Max Richter (Waltz with Bashir) has composed the music score. Gray’s last film, The Lost City of Z, was also an adventure set in the picturesque locations of the Amazon forest.
Watch the trailer here: