Ad Astra to shoot this summer

If all had originally gone to plan, Brad Pitt would be in post-production now on World War Z 2, ahead of its release this summer, but Paramount has delayed the film, and it’s unlikely it’ll be in a position to shoot this year. As such, Pitt has a gap in his schedule, and the beneficiary will be a sci-fi movie by the name of Ad Astra.

The film is set to be directed by James Gray, who co-wrote the screenplay with Ethan Ross.

It’s the story of a space engineer with slight autism, whose father had to leave Earth two decades before on a mission to Neptune with no return. He was hunting for alien life, and Pitt’s character is set to recreate the journey, to find out just what happened to his dad.

The first news about Ad Astra was back in February, when Brad Pitt was said to be circling it. Now, The Tracking Board has confirmed that Pitt has officially signed on, and the film will start production this July.

The news came from Gray, the aforementioned director and co-writer, who is currently on the press tour for The Lost City Of Z.

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