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Asa Butterfield returns from space in the first ‘The Space Between Us’ trailer

Meet the first Martian

There’s a new trailer for “The Space Between Us” this week, showing off more scenes of the interplanetary adventure. From what we know about the film, the singular goal of this project is to make everyone who watches it cry. At least that’s what we gathered from the tearjerking plot symbiosis that we have received along with the trailer. The film was directed by Peter Chelsom, working off a screenplay by Allan Loeb. Stewart Schill wrote the original story. Joining Butterfield in the drama are Britt Robertson and Carla Gugino.

As a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, it’s quickly discovered that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, the astronaut dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is.

That’s when we meet Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. You can watch the first official-trailer below, from the studio’s YouTube channel.

Of course this isn’t Asa Butterfield’s first space-adventure. Fans may know Butterfield best from his role in “Ender’s Game” back in 2013. That film was written and directed by Gavin Hood, based on the book written by Orson Scott Card. That film also featured Harrison Ford and Hailee Steinfeld. Asa’s space-films do quite well in theaters, which is why STX is probably so eager to send him back in the void. “Ender’s Game” made $61.7M domestically back in 2017, it went on to make another $63.8M overseas.

“The Space Between Us” will hit theaters on January 13, 2017.