With World War Z 2 currently on hold, and James Gray‘s The Lost City Of Z complete and ready for release, he and Brad Pitt have decided to team up for the first time in a sci-fi epic, titled Ad Astra.
Speaking with Collider, Gray confirmed Pitt was starring and teased some aspects of the film:
“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”.
Pitt will play space engineer, Roy McBride, with the film set “twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed”.
It certainly sounds interesting. Gray has been an incredibly consistent director for close to two decades without ever really making a truly great film. With the ambition and passion behind Ad Astra, perhaps this is the project where he finally brings all the pieces together into one fantastic whole. Unless The Lost City Of Z is already his magnum opus, which is released Friday, April 14.