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Trailer Drops For Space Drama “Ad Astra”

Yesterday morning, a long awaited Trailer was released for Ad Astra, a movie that cinephiles have been very much anticipating. Science Fiction has been starting to get its due and respect from the Academy in recent years, so the thought of an art film director tackling this genre, on a huge canvas, with one of the biggest stars in the world, was basically everything that a fan of the movies could ask for. The film did not disappoint with this first look, either. You’ll be able to see the Trailer for Ad Astra at the bottom of this post, though first, let us chat about the flick a bit, especially in terms of how we may have ourselves an Oscar player here.

The film is the latest from well respected filmmaker James Gray, his largest scale one to date, easily. This is the simple plot synopsis from IMDb: “Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) 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.” Pitt’s Roy is tasked with tracking down his father Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), an astronaut who went missing years ago while conducting an incredibly dangerous test in space. Where he is and what he’s still doing out there could very well mean wether or not Earth has a future, so Roy is determined to find him. Gray co-writes with Ethan Gross and directs. The rest of the cast, beyond Jones and the lead in Pitt, include Kimberly Elise, LisaGay Hamilton, Ravi Kapoor, John Ortiz, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler, and more. Max Richter composed the score, while the cinematography is by Hoyte Van Hoytema, returning to space after shooting Interstellar for Christoper Nolan a few years ago.

Holy crap does this Trailer make the movie look amazing. James Gray and Brad Pitt doing a riff on Heart of Darkness in deep space? Yes please. Pitt looks to be a man on the mission, the cinematography from Hoyte Van Hoytema is luscious, and it goes without saying that Gray will stuff this film with ideas. Plus, Max Richter is a composer just aching to go to town on a canvas like this. Ad Astra is a flick that may well be everything that a cinephile dreams of. If so, it’ll be something that an Oscar voter could really get into. In that scenario, the long snubbed Gray would finally be invited to the party. More on that next.

Ad Astra could easily turn out to be a big time Academy Award player. 20th Century Fox (well, really Disney now) should campaign this one across the board. With how unusual this year might be, efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Gray), Best Actor (for Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (for Jones), Best Supporting Actress (for Tyler), Best Original Screenplay (for Gray and Gross), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects could easily be in play. It’s hard to tell where it will go, though it could look at Interstellar as a baseline and hope to get more love than that misunderstood gem from Nolan ultimately did. The movie is an X factor, but one with a ton of awards potential…

We can get right down to it. Here now is the Trailer for Ad Astra in all of its glory:

Stay tuned for plenty more on Ad Astra between now and its September 20th release date!

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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