After conquering an alien race in Ender’s Game, Asa Butterfield is gearing up for more space travel – this time as the first human born on Mars, during an experimental mission to colonize the planet. After his mother passes away during childbirth, Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is raised by the remaining astronauts, his existence known only to a select few.
When he finally returns home at the age of 16, the fact that he’s never been exposed to Earth’s gravity raises some questions about the strength and stability of his vital organs. Placed in an isolation chamber and monitored around the clock, Gardner plots his escape with help from a girl (Britt Robertson, Tomorrowland) he befriended online. Check out the first trailer for The Space Between Us below.
The early scenes in this trailer bear a pretty striking resemblance to The Martian, especially with Gary Oldman’s NASA bigwig being inundated with please of “bring him home.” But I’m guessing those scenes will only make up a small portion of the film, as the focus here seems to be on the adventure and the budding love story between the two leads. Butterfield is usually solid, Robertson was my favorite thing about Tomorrowland, and based on this footage they seem to have good onscreen chemistry, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table here.
The official synopsis also mentions that the star-crossed lovers are on a quest to locate the billionaire who funded the original mission to Mars, but with none of that presented in the trailer, I’m wondering if it’s truly important to the narrative. Either way, I’m intrigued by this, and I’ll be checking out The Space Between Us when it hits theaters on August 19.
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