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'Ad Astra' Trailer: Brad Pitt and James Gray Blast Off in Ambitious Space Epic

• https://www.indiewire.com, Zack Sharf

The long wait for footage from James Gray's "Ad Astra" is finally over now that Disney has debuted the first official trailer for the Brad Pitt-starring space epic. The film, Gray's first directorial project since the Pitt-produced "The Lost City of Z," has been long in the works, as the director has blown through release dates because of an extensive post-production process. With the debut of its first trailer, it appears the recently announced September release is moving forward as planned.

"Ad Astra" stars Brad Pitt as an Army Corps engineer who decides to go on an ambitious space mission to find out the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of his father, who set out on a journey to Neptune looking for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence but never returned. The supporting cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie Kennedy.

20th Century Fox originally set "Ad Astra" for January 11 before pushing back the release date to May 24. Gray said last December at the Marrakech Film Festival he was unsure if he could meet the May release date given how extensive the visual effects work is on the movie. "You know usually when you see a science-fiction movie there are a number of shots that don't look very good?" Gray said during a masterclass. "I do not want to be up against a release date and have stuff looking really bad."

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