NEW Ad Astra Trailer—And It’s Got Commentary!

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Brad Pitt and Director James Gray Talk Story Behind Some Amazing Visuals!

I’ve written before about my huge um… excitement… over Brad Pitt’s new space drama Ad Astra. It’s true. I love me some Brad Pitt. I also love me some Tommy Lee Jones, but not quite in the same way, if you get my drift. Sorry, Mr. Lee Jones. And of course, I really love me some Liv Tyler. In advance of the film’s debut at the Venice Film Festival on August 28th, 20th Century Fox put out a new trailer to promote it. The trailer includes some stunning visuals, of course, but this new Ad Astra trailer also has some documentary-style commentary from Brad Pitt and the film’s director, James Gray.

What The Ad Astra Trailer Makes Me Hope This Movie:

What we know so far, based on the trailers, is that the story involves an ill-fated mission to find extraterrestrial life. We know that Brad Pitt’s character, Roy McBride’s father led the mission, and disappeared after thirteen years. We also heard James Gray say that the film takes us on “an epic journey that takes us through the reachable universe.” I’m already hooked. Because what I hear in these trailers is that this is going to be a very human story about space.

I think back to the movies I loved as a kid. The one that sticks out when I think about this one is Top Gun. Here’s why. 

Of course, Top Gun is a completely different movie, with nothing whatsoever to do with space. The reason I bring it up is because of something I saw the film’s producers say when they re-released the film on DVD for the 20th anniversary. They said that Top Gun wasn’t a war movie. I thought, What? Of course it is! F-14’s, man! Aircraft carriers, man! Pissing off the Russian’s, man! But then they hit me with the truth. It’s a sports movie.

Yep. Top Gun is really a sports movie with fighter jets. What makes it great is that you get really invested in the characters and you want them to succeed—just like in any good sports movie. Maverick is the cocky quarterback, Iceman is the other team’s quarterback. Viper and Jester are the coaches.

That’s Kind of What I’m Hoping for Here.

Ad Astra isn’t going to be a sports movie. That would just be silly. Also, I’m not expecting Brad Pitt’s Roy McBride to be Tom Cruise’s Pete Mitchell. However, there are some similarities. Both are military pilots and both are chasing their fathers’ ghosts. That’s a classic setup for a great human story, especially in a setting like space, which is every bit if not more exciting than dog fights over the Indian Ocean. Pitt says in the trailer that the film deals with questions like, “What is vulnerability? What is strength, and where does strength really come from.” And, of course, I’m pretty sure there won’t be a homoerotic volleyball montage anywhere in it. But if Ad Astra brings a human story that sounds as good as the trailers make it sound, along with the stunning visuals we’ve already seen, it should be amazing.

Ad Astra is set for a general theatrical release on September 20th.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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