James Gray's Ad Astra


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Ad Astra (which means "to the stars” in Latin) is one of my anticipated film of 2019. Directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z).

Synopsis: Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy.

Screenplay: James Gray and Ethan Gross.

In theaters January 11, 2019. (Maybe 20th Century Fox will end up giving it a limited run in December)

Here is what James Gray told Collider back in April 2017 when asked if Ad Astra will be his next project with Pitt.

(Interview video in the above linked article)

“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).”

Cinematographer Darius Khondji (Se7en) worked with Gray on his last two movies (The Immigrant and The Lost City of Z), so I was thinking Khondji will be attached to this. But looks like cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (Her, Interstellar, Spectre, Dunkirk) will be collaborating on this.

Set photos from October 2017

New photo from the film.

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I'm getting a strong Interstellar vibe from the visuals. I would not be surprised if interdimensional time travel played a role in this film.


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Really looking forward to this, it will hopefully join the ranks of my "grounded" space films list like Life, Gravity, Sunshine and Moon.