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Hunger Games' Donald Sutherland joins Brad Pitt in ambitious sci-fi flick, Ad Astra

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Aug 11, 2017, 10:40 PM EDT

We haven't heard much surrounding James Gray's curious new sci-fi movie, Ad Astra, but with this latest major casting news, we're even more intrigued about this ambitious project.

Golden Globe Award-winning actor Donald Sutherland, seen most recently in the Hunger Games Trilogy as the ruthless President Snow, has joined previously announced cast members Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ruth Negga in a fantastic cinematic journey to the stars.

New Regency's outer space odyssey is described as "an adventure film about one man’s (Pitt) journey across a lawless and unforgiving solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind."

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Ad Astra is based on an original screenplay by Gray (The Lost City of Z) and Ethan Gross, who was an executive story editor for Fringe and wrote the 2003 crime thriller Klepto.

Here's the story breakdown as summarized by Deadline back in June:

In Ad Astra (which means “to the stars” in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.

Cameras start rolling next month on this extraordinary space mission, and we'll keep you updated as more details drop into our orbit in the coming months.

Contributing Editor Tara Bennett interviews director Francis Lawrence about The Hunger Games franchise. 

(via THR)