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Brad Pitt Heads to Space on a Dangerous Mission in New Sci-Fi ‘Ad Astra’


Brad Pitt leads an all-star cast in the new science-fiction film Ad Astra, which sees the actor don a space suit for the first time in his career.

The film follows astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) as he embarks on a mission to the outer edges of the solar system to find his long lost father (Tommy Lee Jones); he himself who vanished while out in space on a mission experimenting with a substance that could threaten the survival of the human race.

Along the way, he’ll uncover galactic secrets that will question the nature of human existence and their place in the universe.

The nauseating trailer lays out the film’s plot while keeping the finer points a mystery.

It’s the mystery behind the father’s disappearance and his potential discoveries that drive the plot, so expect Ad Astra to feature lots of twists and turns.

The film looks like it will have a fair bit of action and suspenseful space-danger scenes that should keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

It’s directed by James Gray, whose past films include The Lost City of Z (2016), The Immigrant (2013) and We Own the Night (2007).

The director describes his film as “‘Apocalypse Now‘ and ‘2001‘ in a giant mash-up and you put a little [Joseph] Conrad in there”.

That seems like an overly-ambitious statement and could potentially mean doom for the film, but if the trailer is anything to go by, we should be in for an entertaining ride, at least.

Joining Brad Pitt in supporting roles are Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler and Ruth Negga, along with the previously-mentioned Tommy Lee Jones.

Pitt can also be seen in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

See the film in cinemas from 20 September 2019.

Nick Janks

Lover of film, obviously. Knows more about them than you... Or does he?

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