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Exclusive: An eccentric billionaire heads for space in first trailer for Cannes hopeful Astro

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Apr 27, 2018, 2:28 PM EDT

Solo: A Star Wars Story won't be the only interstellar adventure making its premiere at Cannes. Asif Akbar's Astro is also headed to the film festival this year. The sci-fi project tells the story of a billionaire who funds his own space exploration program and returns to Earth with an alien that he captured from another planet. It sounds like something John Hammond (founder of Jurassic Park) would have done if the technology to visit other worlds and kidnap their inhabitants existed while he was alive. 

Astro — written by Akbar and Bernard Selling — stars Gary Daniels (The Expendables), Dominique Swain (Boone: The Bounty Hunter) and Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Max Wasa (Scarface), Omi Vaidya (Mirror Game), Luke G. Crosby (Maximum Ride), Orson Chaplin (American Horror Story), Gianni Capaldi (The Shadow Within), Spice Williams-Crosby (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), Courtney Akbar (Parks and Recreation), Christopher Showerman (Supergirl), and Michael Pare (Gone) also star.

Watch the exclusive first trailer below: 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, part of principal photography took place in Roswell, New Mexico, the site of many UFO conspiracy theories, a place where many believe that an alien spacecraft crash-landed in 1947 and was hastily covered up by the U.S. government. Co-produced by Film Life Factory, LLC and XVIII Entertainment, LLC production, Astro's soundtrack was written by the alternative metal band Gemini Syndrone. As it so happens, the band's drummer, Brian Steele Medina, did both the music and special effects for the trailer. 

Akbar's movie makes its debut at Cannes, but will hit home entertainment platforms sometime in July. He's also working on a set of tie-in books with Selling that will also be released in July. 

“We are excited to create and introduce a new modern day science-fiction franchise to the world," he said in an official statement to SYFY WIRE.