Ad Astra: Donald Sutherland Joins Brad Pitt Sci-Fi Movie – Den of Geek US


Ad Astra is a sci-fi film project that star Brad Pitt will tackle after he finishes his second round of fighting frightfully fast zombies in sequel World War Z 2. While details are still hush hush over at New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Bona Film Group, Ad Astra‘s story will follow the travails of a space engineer (Pitt) who embarks on an odyssey through the cold, unforgiving depths of space to find his long-missing father.

In the meantime, Ad Astra (Latin for “To the Stars,”) has corralled quite a supporting cast; one that continues to grow with the latest acquisition, Donald Sutherland.

Ad Astra Cast

Donald Sutherland will join the cast of Ad Astra, reports THR. The project is still in early stages and, consequently, no details were provided about Sutherland’s character. The iconic veteran actor is known from classic films such as 1967’s The Dirty Dozen, 1970’s M*A*S*H, contemporary hit franchise The Hunger Games as the villainous President Snow and recent television shows such as Ice and Crossing Lines. His upcoming projects include a romantic drama opposite Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker, musical Basmati Blues, comedy Measure of a Man and will appear in Danny Boyle’s fact-based FX crime series Trust.

Brad Pitt (Allied, Inglourious Basterds) stars as Roy McBride, a space engineer described as “slightly autistic,” who embarks on a space mission to find his father, who was last seen 20 years earlier, taking a trip to Neptune to find signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Ruth Negga (Preacher, Loving) will play a character not yet revealed, presumably as the film’s co-star.

Tommy Lee Jones (Mechanic: Resurrection, Men in Black) will play Clifford McBride, who, as mentioned, took a one-way trip to Neptune 20 years before the story is set, prompting his son Roy to seek him out. However, with his father being described as “a renegade scientist,” it may be the case that Roy won’t like what he finds, should he find it at all.

John Finn, Sasha Compère, Bayardo De Murguia, Bobby Nish and Kayla Adams also fill the cast.

Ad Astra Crew

James Gray will direct Ad Astra, working off a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. Gray wrote and directed this past April’s jungle adventure film The Lost City of Z, the 2013 romantic drama The Immigrant (which featured Pitt’s Allied co-star Marion Cotillard), the 2007 Mark Wahlberg crime drama We Own the Night, going back to his debut in the 1994 Tim Roth crime drama Little Odessa.

Ad Astra Release Date

Ad Astra has not set any significant dates of yet.

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