Brad Pitt and filmmaker James Gray have been trying to get a movie off the ground for years now. Pitt was to appear in Gray’s previous films We Own The Night and The Lost City Of Z, as well as the scrapped project The Grey Man. Turns out Pitt and Gray will finally get a chance to put performance to film as they are set to start filming Ad Astra.
In Ad Astra, which roughly translates to: “Through hardships to the stars”, Brad Pitt (Fury) would play an astronaut who takes off to the planet Neptune in search of clues about his father who disappeared during a similar mission 20 years before. Gray co-wrote Ad Astra with Ethan Ross.
Gray was emphatic that Ad Astra would most likely be his next movie:
“Yes, yes, and yes. I’m terrified by it. The science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements. What I’m trying to do is the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.’ It’s kind of a Heart of Darkness story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system. I have a lot of hopes for it but it is certainly ambitious… It starts shooting July 17th, so not too far away. I’m filled with terror, but that’s fine (laughs).”
If you want any indication of what James Gray’s Ad Astra movie might look like you don’t have to wait for it to be released. His latest film, The Lost City Of Z is about to open in theaters and is garnering some of the best reviews of his career. Starring Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra) and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight franchise), the film tells the true-life drama of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. The Lost City Of Z is Gray’s largest budgeted film to date and every dollar is on screen with its lush cinematography, grand set design, and a powerhouse performance from Hunnam.
Not much else is known about Ad Astra but it would be a treat for cinephiles to finally see these titans team-up. Much like Nolan’s approach to science fiction and realism with films like Interstellar, you can bet that Gray would take a similar approach to ensure everything from the set design and physics feel as real as possible.
Look for Ad Astra to hit theaters sometime in early 2019.
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