Jennifer Lawrence's Passengers to Be Released Against Star Wars: Rogue One

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 1:50PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Passengers
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - 1:50PM
Jennifer Lawrence's Passengers to Be Released Against Star Wars: Rogue One
After a slightly bumpy ride, space opera Passengers has finally gotten a green light, and now it even has a release date. The original sci-fi romance will hit theaters on December 21, 2016, just five days after Star Wars: Rogue One.

Passengers stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as astronauts who are cryogenically frozen in order to make an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. The official synopsis reads:

Opening quote
A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger.
Closing quote


The film had a hard time getting greenlit, mostly as a result of its high budget and lack of a built-in fanbase, but its huge star power tipped the scales in its favor. Chris Pratt has proven himself to be box office gold in the last few years, between runaway hit Guardians of the Galaxy and monster hit Jurassic World, which recently became the third highest-grossing film of all time. But Jennifer Lawrence is an even bigger star, if that's possible, and is actually being paid more than her male co-star, which is refreshing after that American Hustle debacle.

Star Wars: Rogue One is the first of several Star Wars anthology films. It stars Felicity Jones as a rebel who attempts to steal the plans to the Death Star, in a film that takes place chronologically between the prequel and original trilogies. There are several rumors going around about her identity, the most outlandish of which is Boba Fett's daughter, but nothing has been confirmed yet. 

Although they will technically be released in different weekends, it doesn't seem too prudent to release the two films around the same time. Although Passengers is a romance, the stars and space setting will likely draw a similar crowd to Star Wars. Even in its second weekend, Rogue One will certainly flatten any competition without a built-in fan base, and after all the uncertainty surrounding Passengers' production, we wouldn't think they would want any significant competition. It seems likely that they play a game of chicken for a while, and then Passengers will back off for a less populated holiday weekend.
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Movies
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Passengers