AceShowbiz - Brad Pitt goes to space in the first official trailer for "Ad Astra". Released by 20th Century Fox, the video follows engineer Roy McBride (Pitt) who carries an important mission, on which the fate of the entire universe depends.
"Your father was experimenting with a highly classified material that could threaten our entire sources," a high-ranking military personnel informs him in a meeting. "All life could be destroyed," he further stresses the risk. "We're counting on you to find out what's happening out there."
McBride is later seen going through a series of physical and psychological tests to prepare for the mission that will sent him to outer space. The trailer hints that McBride will be faced with a challenge that comes from one of his own crew members, as he's involved in a chase scene with fellow astronauts which ends up with a car exploding. "I remain fully committed to the lawful conclusion of the mission," he says at the end of the video.
According to the official plot description, "Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos."
Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones and Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga also star in supporting roles, with James Gray serving as director. Gray also wrote the script along with Ethan Gross. The movie is set to be launched in the U.S. On September 20.
Gray said in a 2017 interview with Collider about the movie, "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." He added, "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."