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Trailer For “Lucy In The Sky” Suggests An Out Of This World Film

One of the titles that I’ve been predicting for probably more Academy Award love than most is the film Lucy in the Sky. Part of it is just a hunch on my part, though a lot of it has to do with the story and the talent involved here. This has a chance to be an under the radar gem. Earlier today, a Trailer was released for Lucy in the Sky, and it doesn’t do anything to make me feel any less confident about its potential. It looks great. We’ll have the Trailer for you at the tail end of this post of course, but before that, I want to talk about what it is and why I think it could be a player.

The movie is a character study, mixing a bit of comedy, drama, and even science fiction. Previously known as Pale Blue Dot, this is the plot description that Fox Searchlight has on IMDb: “The film tells the story of a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a life-changing mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality. Her psychological decline culminates in a fevered cross-country trip with violent intentions in this complex, thrilling and darkly comedic character study.” Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola, the astronaut who we’ll be following on this journey. Jon Hamm plays Mark Goodwin, a fellow astronaut and important figure in her life, while Dan Stevens plays Lucy’s husband Drew Cola. This is based at least in part on an actual incident involving a female astronaut, but if you don’t know what happens, I won’t spoil it for you here. Noah Hawley directs and re-wrote a script by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. Cinematography is by Polly Morgan, while Jeff Russo provides the score. Supporting players on hand here include Zazie Beetz, Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, and more.

Going by this Trailer, the flick looks positively engrossing. Portman is captivating in everything she does, so this should prove to be no exception. Watching her break down here may well be absolutely hypnotic. Hawley has a number of fans from his television work with Fargo and Legion, helping to establish his distinctive voice. The look of the film appears exquisite, at least in this Trailer. It leaves a lot to the imagination still, which is always a plus in my book. It’s just guesswork right now, but I see no reason not to look at this one as a prestige player from Fox Searchlight. More on that next…

Lucky in the Sky has a chance to be a definite Oscar player. Fox Searchlight would be smart to put a big campaign ahead of it. Efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Hawley), Best Actress (for Portman), Best Supporting Actor (for Hamm and/or Stevens), Best Supporting Actress (for Beetz and/or Burstyn), Best Original Screenplay (for Brown, DiGuiseppi, and Hawley), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score could definitely pay off. If nothing else, you have to consider Portman a threat in Actress. It’s super early, so nothing is known yet, but I’d watch out for this one if I were you.

You can take a gander at the Trailer for Lucy in the Sky next. It does not have a firm release date yet, just a 2019 date, so expect it to go to a film festival or two before hitting at some point in the fall or winter. Portman fans are likely in for a treat here. Hawley is a unique voice in the industry, so his first foray into movies will be a must see. If it’s as good as I think, voters may really gravitate towards it. Even if not, it should be a top notch character study. Sit tight for plenty more on this one…

Here now is the Trailer for Lucy in the Sky:

Stay tuned for much more on Lucy in the Sky in the months to come!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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