Directed by Chris McKay, The Tomorrow War is a sci-fi action flick that releases on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, July 2. The film features a star-studded cast featuring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Edwin Hodge, Sam Richardson, Jasmine Matthews, and Keith Powers.
“The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species,” says the official synopsis. “The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist and his estranged father in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.”
Ahead of its release, ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with The Tomorrow War star Yvonne Strahovski about working with Chris Pratt, the film’s emotional scenes, and her return to action films. Check out the video interview below or read the full transcript.
Tyler Treese: Yvonne, your characters put in a really rough situation with the dad that became estranged. He comes back into your life through time travel of all things. A lot of wounds are reopened, and even though there’s a sci-fi element, it’s a very relatable thing to a lot of people. It leads to some really emotionally charged scenes. Can you discuss, you know, what went into filming those scenes and what made those so emotional onscreen?
Yvonne Strahovski: It was definitely one of the biggest drawcards for me to be part of a film is that deep-rooted family relationship. That’s a big surprise in the film. A lot of it was just working with the wonderful Chris Pratt, who’s just totally such a nice guy on set and so collaborative. When you have a director like Chris McKay navigating the space for you and giving you the freedom to really explore the relationship and find the depth that is needed to support the intensity of that kind of a scenario, then the outcome, I think, is great. We definitely had the space created for us. I think it’s a vital part of the film and sort of the beating heart of the movie throughout.
I loved the film’s message of family and redemption. We get to see your character bond with her father throughout and recapture that love between them. Can you just discuss that message of family and letting people that made mistakes back into your life?
Yeah. It’s not only that, but it’s what would you do if you’re faced with the reality of having to give up your present to save someone else’s future? I think as Chris Pratt’s character, as a parent, he really understands that he’s leaving behind a world for his child only to have to face that person in the future and what that means and facing those old wounds for the sake of love. There’s an overall theme, isn’t there [of] coming together as a group of people in the world for one goal. I don’t know that it’s ever been the case in the world, but this is really highlighting that. It’s also really interesting that it comes kind of post, not post-pandemic. We’re still in it, obviously, but at the end of a lot of isolation that we’ve had and how we need to come together as a group of people, family united.
Very true. You get to play such a powerful female character here, and there are so many action scenes you’re just kicking ass, fighting aliens. Can you talk about what it means to play such an empowered character?
It’s so much fun. I’m so lucky that this character had so many different elements that I got to play with. Also a drawcard, a huge drawcard. Just to be able to come back into the action space again is, is really fun. It’s been a little while for me. So, it was just extraordinary to be able to play in that physical area again while still enjoying these really dramatic scenes and just kind of the whole package of the experience.