Oscar 2020: Ad Astra: James Gray’s Sci-Fi, Starring Brad Pitt, Festival Film or Oscar Contender

Disney has dated Brad Pitt’s science-fiction movie Ad Astra for September 20, 2019, after its world premiere at the Venice Film Fest on August 29.

James Gray directed “Ad Astra” from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross.

Pitt is playing a man who journeys across the solar system in search of his missing father, a dangerous renegade scientist (played by Tommy Lee Jones).

Gray said that the film resembles Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” His goal is to make a movie that features “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.'” 

Regency Enterprises and Fox produced in association with Bona Film Investment Company, which will distribute in China.

Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy, and Donald Sutherland are also starring in “Ad Astra.”

Pitt is also producing with Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray. Executive producers are Mad River’s Marc Butan, RT Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi, and Paul Conway.

Plan B and New Regency partnered previously on best picture Academy Award winner “12 Years a Slave” and best picture nominee “The Big Short.”

Gray began shooting in August 2017 around Santa Clarita, California.

Gray’s directing credits include “Little Odessa,” “We Own the Night,” “Two Lovers,” and “The Immigrant.”

Running time: 124 minutes

Cast
Brad Pitt as Maj. Roy McBride, Clifford’s son
Tommy Lee Jones as Clifford McBride, Roy’s lost father
Liv Tyler as Roy’s wife
Jamie Kennedy as Peter Bello
John Finn as Stroud
Kimberly Elise as Lorraine Deavers
Bobby Nish as Franklin Yoshida
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Adjutant General Amelia Vogel
John Ortiz as General Rivas

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