First Photos from Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence Sci-Fi Romance "Passengers"

Friday, 12 August 2016 - 2:26PM
Passengers
Friday, 12 August 2016 - 2:26PM
First Photos from Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence Sci-Fi Romance "Passengers"
We were just thinking it had been a while since we'd heard from Passengers. The original sci-fi romance, starring none other than Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, is coming out in December, but we haven't heard a peep from it yet. Now, we finally have the first images from the movie, and they preview an intimate, character-based drama that happens to be set in space.

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The pictures aren't terribly revealing, but since the film comes out in just a few short months, we should be seeing footage very soon. Select press already got to see footage at Cinema Con, and now that the marketing campaign is in full swing, we can probably expect a teaser sometime in the next week or two.

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Passengers follows two scientists who are on an interstellar mission when their hibernation pods open early—90 years away from their destination. It's unconventional, as both a love story and a space opera, and the acclaimed script made the 2007 Black List (a list of the best unproduced scripts circulating around Hollywood). Oscar-nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) praised the script, and claimed that it's the love story of a generation.

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"For me, it's a story about what's important to live a full life," Tyldum told EW. "What are the things we need as humans? It's not afraid to entertain but at the same time it asks big questions about what does it mean to really feel happy. Every generation has its love story. I feel like this is it."
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Tyldum also emphasized that this is, at heart, a small character drama, although it also utilizes big-budget special effects for its space setting:

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Most of the shooting was just with Chris and Jen. It was a very technical film with big sets and a lot of effects but at the same time, it's a character drama. It's a love story. It has the complexity of a big movie and at the same time we really had to put time aside to put into character development.
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Everything about this movie sounds amazing, but the cast is arguably the biggest get, since Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are possibly the two biggest stars of their generation right now (and the biggest box office draws). And according to Tyldum, this is basically an entire movie of Lawrence and Pratt playing off of each other, which sounds just about perfect:

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We wanted a playful movie. And if you have Chris and Jen it's impossible not to have - they've come up with a lot of stuff on set. They're both extremely funny. They'd try this and that and come up with really funny stuff. They can go very dramatic but their great chemistry – they're just so good. It is just fun to be around them and fun to be on this journey. In this day of sequels and reboots I think it's refreshing that it is a completely original story with two of the best movie stars in the world.
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Passengers comes out in theaters on December 21.
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