Friday, May 24, 2024

Brad Pitt Is Letting James Gray Take Him to Space After All: “Ad Astra” Commences Casting


With “War Machine” about to debut on Netflix, Brad Pitt is going to his “Plan B.” (Get it?)

A casting call has gone out for Pitt’s next movie, “Ad Astra,” to be directed by James Gray. Ad astra means to the stars, and that’s where they’ll all be going. The story is described as “an ambitious science fiction adventure that takes its central character on a compelling and revealing journey to the outer reaches of our solar system.”

A note sent to casting directors: the ensemble of military officers, astronauts, scientists & characters met
along the way, realism is key. These people need to be all shapes & sizes, un-actory in appearance, authentic, diverse & unique. Humor is valuable, too.”

Meanwhile, “War Machine” is getting so so reviews. As one person puts it, “Some people like, it’s not for everyone.” Netflix has had an interesting way of presenting it, too. They went all the way to Japan for a premiere, photocall, press conference, etc. Pitt is very popular there, especially from advertising gigs we don’t see. But the New York “premiere” was dubbed a “private screening” with no press.

“War Machine” has 8 positive and 5 negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, although I’m starting to wonder how much that matters since the “Twin Peaks” TV show has a 95– and most of those reviews are mixed to negative. The TV part of Rotten Tomatoes may not be reliable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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