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Movie Details

Director
James Gray
Release Date
22 May 2019
Genres
Thriller, Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery, Drama
Actors
Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy, John Ortiz, Greg Bryk, Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean, John Finn, Anne McDaniels, LisaGay Hamilton, Kimmy Shields, Alyson Reed, Ravi Kapoor, Bobby Nish

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At Wednesday night’s Hollywood press and influencer screening of Plan B’s Sundance hit “Last Black Man in San Francisco”. One Plan B producer, when asked about speculation about the “Ad Astra” May 24 release date. He said that they have not been told when Fox’s Brad Pitt sci-fi movie will land on the revamped Disney/Fox release schedule. A Fox representative confirmed to IndieWire the movie will not be coming out May 24 as scheduled. Fox is now awaiting Disney’s imminent announcement, but no new release date has been set. At this point, James Gray is editing with the fall festivals in mind.

“Ad Astra” reunites Gray with his “Lost City of Z” producer Brad Pitt. The actor stars as an Army Corps engineer who decides to go on an ambitious space mission to find out what happened to 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.

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Remained on the release calendar for May 24 throughout 2019 so far, but the lack of any marketing for the movie led many to question whether or not the release would stick. Even during Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon. Last month the film was set for May on a release schedule the studio showed press in attendance. The May 24 date had some questioning whether or not Gray would return to Cannes. But the film was not announced during the April 18 lineup reveal. “Ad Astra” will be Gray’s first release since “The Lost City of Z” opened in theaters via Amazon Studios in April 2017. Disney is handling the film’s distribution following the merger.

This has been rumored for some time, with Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione and Andreas Wiseman reporting that the pic would miss a Cannes Film Festival premiere because there’s still a lot of VFX works that needs to be completed. Director James Gray has even mentioned in interviews that May 24 was always a placeholder date. Fox initially had the pic dated earlier before moving to it Memorial Day back in January. We’ve heard that the pic could likely land a spot in the fall season, but it’s still a matter of when and a release date will be firmed up once Gray is finished with the movie.

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Alan Bergman Promoted To Disney Studio Co-Chairman; Alan Horn Expands Role As Disney Chief Creative OfficerDisney remains mum on the matter. It has the tentpole Aladdin on May 24, so it makes sense that Ad Astra is flying away from the date. Disney also Fox’s Ford v. Ferrari from James Mangold on November 15. That pic off its trailer generated plenty heat out of Disney’s CinemaCon session. Ad Astra follows Astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy and Donald Sutherland co-star.