When NASA’s Orion spacecraft was blasted into space on a test flight on December 5 from Florida's Cape Canaveral, it brought a few pieces of Hollywood along with it.
No, the 11-foot spacecraft was not actually carrying any astronauts or Matt Damon to Mars (aka the red planet) -- yet. That's the eventual plan (sending astronauts to Mars, not Matt Damon). But it did take with it the front page of Ridley Scott’s script for his upcoming sci-fi flick The Martian while it completed two orbits around our good ol’ BLUE planet.
Also included in the capsule were items from Star Trek and ... Sesame Street.
The Martian tells the story of an astronaut, played by Damon, stranded on Mars. It’ll be helmed by Scott, with a screenplay by Drew Goddard (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Cabin in the Woods). The upcoming sci-fi flick is based on a novel by Andy Weir and will also star Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak), Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four) and Game of Thrones' Sean Bean (please don't let him die, please don't let him die, okaypleasethanks!).
The cool idea to launch the first page of the script into orbit came from the production’s NASA liaison. Producer Simon Kinberg said: “NASA has been really involved and incredibly generous in the process of making this movie.”
The little drawings and rather crude comment that you’ll see on the title page are actually in Ridley Scott’s hand. Kinberg added: “When Ridley reads his scripts he sketches on them. He’s very much an artist.”
Have a look:
The Martian will blast into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.
(via Entertainment Weekly)