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Brad Pitt Blasts Into Space in the First Trailer for the New Interplanetary Thriller 'Ad Astra'

He's following in the footsteps of George Clooney, Matt Damon and Matthew McConaughey.
By Sarah Ward
June 06, 2019
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Brad Pitt Blasts Into Space in the First Trailer for the New Interplanetary Thriller 'Ad Astra'

He's following in the footsteps of George Clooney, Matt Damon and Matthew McConaughey.
By Sarah Ward
June 06, 2019
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If George Clooney can float around in space in Gravity and Matt Damon can get stranded on Mars in The Martian, then Brad Pitt can race buggies on the moon in Ad Astra. Another Ocean's 11 star, another intergalactic movie — and another big-screen sci-fi spectacle, obviously.

Pitt plays Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer who is determined to soar into the stars and beyond, all to follow in his father's (Tommy Lee Jones) footsteps. His dear old dad went missing on his own space mission in mysterious circumstances, and if Christopher Nolan's Interstellar taught us anything a few years ago, it's that searching for family and blasting out of this world seem to go hand-in-hand.

Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler and Loving's Ruth Negga also feature, with Ad Astra marking the latest release from The Immigrant and The Lost City of Z filmmaker. The latter is definitely cause for celebration, with the director's previous movies proving thoughtful, detailed, exquisitely performed dramas. Take all that to space — in a film that's been delayed a few times due to the extensive visual effects work required — and hopefully it'll soar.

For a while, it's been a good time to watch great movies about big-name stars in space; just this month, Robert Pattinson blasts off in High Life, too. But if you're a Pitt fan, the next few months are shaping up to be particularly exciting — before he rockets to the outer edges of the solar system in Ad Astra, he'll be stepping back to the 60s in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Watch the first trailer for Ad Astra below:

Ad Astra releases in Australian cinemas on September 19.

Published on June 06, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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