Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt to Star in Sci-fi ‘Ad Astra’

Posted 2017/08/08 0 0

Preacher star Ruth Negga has joined Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in the upcoming sci-fi flick Ad Astra, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Oscar nominated Irish actress Ruth Negga is going to be acting alongside Brad pitt in an upcoming Space Epic Ad Astra. The film will be written and directed by James Gray, who won over critics earlier this year with his The Lost City of Z, a true to life adventure drama set in the early 1900s. Gray co-wrote the script with Ethan Gross, and a few nuggets of information about the film have escaped from the soundless vacuum of space, albeit ones that could evolve during the movie's journey to the screen. The plot reportedly sees space engineer Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) heading out into the solar system 20 years after his father (Lee Jones) left on a one-way mission to Neptune, aiming to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence. Now Roy is looking to track down what happened to his father, with the story apparently boasting a Heart Of Darkness-in-space vibe and some talk of a threat from the dad.

Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner are producing through their Plan B company with RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray. Mad River’s Marc Butan, and RT Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing, along with Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi, and Paul Conway.

Ad Astra continues a string of successful film partnerships between New Regency and Plan B, including the Oscar-nominated The Big Short and Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave, as well as director Ryan Coogler's upcoming feature Wrong Answer, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and starring Michael B. Jordan.

Negga, who stars on the AMC series Preacher (the 13-episode second season premiered in June), received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her work in Jeff Nichols’ Loving opposite Joel Edgerton. Meanwhile, Negga’s “Preacher” co-star Noah Taylor has landed a role in a major picture too. The actor, known for his parts in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and cult Australian film He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, will join Dwayne Johnson in Legendary’s “Skyscraper,” which is set to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Described as an action-thriller set in China, “Skyscraper” is reported to be in the same vein as “Die Hard,” and will also star Pablo Schreiber and Neve Campbell.