Asa Butterfield is from Mars in new trailer for The Space Between Us

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Oct 2, 2016, 5:02 PM EDT (Updated)

The second trailer for Serendipity director Peter Chelsom’s upcoming sci-fi movie The Space Between Us has finally dropped, four months after the first one landed online.

The touching story centers on Gardner Eliot, played by Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), a 16-year-old boy who was born on Mars and whose entire existence was kept a secret by NASA, who now has a chance to go to Earth. It’s also a sweet tale of boy meets girl, but boy is from Mars (now, that’s what I call a long-distance relationship!), until boy decides to close the space between them (gettit?).

Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) stars as Gardner's Earthly love interest, Tulsa, and the cast also includes Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), B.D. Wong (Jurassic World) and Janet Montgomery (Salem). Here’s an extended synopsis for the sci-fi movie:

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

The Space Between Us was penned by Allan Loed (The Switch) from a story he wrote with Stewart Schill and Richard Barton Lewis. The movie will land in theaters on Dec. 16.

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