Pitt-Led Space Tale “Ad Astra” Sets Start Date

Filmmaker James Gray, currently out doing press rounds for his Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson-led Amazon exploration drama “The Lost City of Z,” has offered an update on his next project.

A few months ago came word that Gray co-wrote a film called “Ad Astra” with Ethan Ross. That movie revolves around a slightly autistic engineer whose father left two decades ago on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of alien intelligence. The engineer now sets out to travel the solar system to find his father and discover why his mission failed.

Talking with Collider, Gray was emphatic that “Ad Astra” would very much be his next movie:

“Yes, yes, and yes. I’m terrified by it. 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 (laughs).”

Pitt and Gray have been trying to work together for years and Pitt was intending to star in “The Lost City of Z” but had to drop out – though he remained onboard as producer.