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First Ad Astra trailer finds Brad Pitt solving an interstellar, extraterrestrial mystery

Will the delayed film be worth the wait?

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

The first trailer for the science-fiction spectacle Ad Astra is finally here, teasing a mystery set amongst the stars. Directed by James Gray (The Lost City of Z), the film was supposed to come out on May 24 — and before that, on Jan. 11 — but has since been rescheduled to Sept. 20. The delays are rumored to be the result of hefty post-production work involved. The trailer, with Gravity-meets-Interstellar vibes, showcases why the special-effects-heavy project might be so demanding.

Ad Astra follows an engineer named Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), whose father (played by Tommy Lee Jones) went missing on a one-way journey to Neptune. After the Earth is hit by a EMP-like event dubbed “The Surge,” Roy travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his dad, who was supposedly dealing with some otherworldly technology in a hunt for alien life.

Where it all goes remains ambiguous. The journey appears to send Roy to the moon, in which he finds himself in some kind of Fury Road face-off.

Ruth Negga (Loving) and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) co-star in the film, which is now expected to hit the film festival circuit in a bid for some awards season love.

The first trailer for Ad Astra arrived with an equally murky poster. Let the speculation begin.

ad astra poster 20th Century Fox

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