Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt in sci-fi epic Ad Astra
According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Regency and director James Gray’s Ad Astra movie has added Academy Award-nominated actress Ruth Negga (Preacher, Warcraft, Loving) to co-star with Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. She previously worked with Pitt in the films Fury, 12 Years a Slave and World War Z. The sci-fi epic is set to go into production in September.
Ad Astra will feature Jones as the father of Pitt’s character who, 20 years ago, left his son on a mission to Neptune in the search for extraterrestrial life. Pitt’s character, named Roy McBride, then sets out two decades later to find out what happened to his dad.
Gray, who last wrote and directed The Lost City of Z, wrote the Ad Astra movie with Fringe scribe Ethan Gross. Pitt’s Plan B is producing alongside Marc Butan of Mad River, Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions, Rodrigo Teixeira of RT Features and Gray himself. RT Features, which financed development of the Ad Astra movie, also has Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’Anna serving as executive producers.
Ruth Negga is currently reprising her role as Tulip O’Hare on Season 2 of AMC’s hit series Preacher, which still has four episodes remaining to air.
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