Brad Pitt's 'Ad Astra' Shoots for a Realistic Depiction of Space Travel

Monday, 10 April 2017 - 8:23PM
Monday, 10 April 2017 - 8:23PM
Brad Pitt's 'Ad Astra' Shoots for a Realistic Depiction of Space Travel
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There's been a recent trend of films wanting to put the science back in science-fiction, especially when it comes to movies about space travel. Recent hits like Interstellar, Gravity and Arrival most of all went to great lengths and consulted scientists to make sure their depictions of the great beyond were as accurate as could be (well, except for maybe that black hole/bookcase scene in Interstellar).

Continuing that trend is an upcoming sci-fi film starring Brad Pitt, Ad Astra, which hopes to become the most realistic depiction of space travel ever put to film. Director James Gray, who's currently promoting his new adventure movie The Lost City of Z, recently sat down with Collider and revealed that Ad Astra begins shooting this summer, while also excitedly confirming the Brad Pitt rumors. Gray didn't reveal too much about the mysterious plot, but the title is Latin for "To the Stars," and we do know it's about space travel. Here's what Gray had to say:

Opening quote
"The science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements. What I'm trying to do is the most realistic depiction of space travel that's been put in a movie and to basically say, 'Space is awfully hostile to us.' It's kind of a Heart of Darkness story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system. I have a lot of hopes for it but it is certainly ambitious… It starts shooting July 17th, so not too far away. I'm filled with terror, but that's fine."
Closing quote

Brad Pitt in a hyperrealistic Heart of Darkness in space? That sounds admittedly awesome, but it'll be interesting to see how the movie differentiates itself from the previously mentioned films. Gravity pretty much owns the "lone astronaut against the horrors of space" genre, while Interstellar will be tough to top when it comes to realistically depicting deep space travel (as much a film made pre-deep space travel can pull that off). But it sounds like Gray has some new ideas, and Pitt has enough recent hits alone (World War Z, The Big Short) that the two could put their own unique stamp on well-trodden territory.


No word yet as to when Ad Astra will hit theaters, but we'll definitely be keeping our eye out for it.

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