The latest trailer for Brad Pitt’s “Ad-Astra” promotes the IMAX version of the movie. 20th Century Fox is releasing the film in the large-screen format on September 20th, and the story follows an astronaut as he travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father. Moviegoers that want to immerse themselves into the vastness of space might want to upgrade to the IMAX version, just sit a few rows farther back than usual.
In the story, the mission unravels a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. James Grey directed the movie, working with DP Hoyte van Hoytema, who establish the look for the movie based on Kodak stock images from the Apollo 11 through 17 lunar missions. Joining Brad Pitt in the movie are Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland. Ethan Gross wrote the scrip and the studio’s description on social media reads, “His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.”
“Ad-Astra” is another film that Disney acquired after buying out 20th Century FOX. So far, the deal resulted in a string of flops from the former studio, but Brad Pitt could change things around for Disney. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Rodrigo Teixeira, and Arnon Milchan served as producers on the project.
“Ad Astra” opens against “Rambo: Last Blood,” which stars Sylvester Stallone and Paz Vega. That’s the same weekend that the “Downton Abbey” movie releases at the specialty box office. Disney moved “Ad-Astra” to September so that it follows the Quentin Tarantino movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which featured Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, the late Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Lorenza Izzo, Damian Lewis, and Emile Hirsch.
The big competition for “Ad-Astra” is the month’s other releases, which hit theaters just before and after the space drama. “Ad Astra” opens one week after Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Goldfinch” adaptation, which could split the box office during its follow-up weekend. The other big releases in September are “IT: Chapter 2” and Constance Wu’s “Hustlers.”
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