AD ASTRA—Brad Pitt's Interstellar Journey

Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) stares at the camera in his astronaut suit (no helmet) in Ad Astra (2019)

With Ad Astra set to release on September 20th, it is queuing up to be one of the biggest titles of the year, already receiving stellar reviews from movie critics. Directed and co-written by James Gray, alongside co-writer Ethan Gross, Brad Pitt will be joined on screen by Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.


We follow astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) as he travels into deep space to find his missing father, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared on a mission looking for extra-terrestrial intelligence and now, 30 years later, threatens the entire universe. Roy’s journey through the unforgiving solar system uncovers secrets that threaten human life on Earth as we know it and will challenge the nature of human existence and its place amongst the cosmos. Roy is sent on this daring mission after nearly being killed during an event referred to as The Surge—a phenomenal occurrence that happened on Earth and seems to be directly related to the highly classified operation that Roy’s father was a part of. 

(Left to right) Colonel Pruitt (Donald Sutherland), Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), and Willy Levant (Sean Blakemore) in Ad Astra (2019)

With the title, Ad Astra, some may wonder what these latin words may have to do with the movie. The Latin translation of Ad Astra is “to the stars” and is used in a variety of Latin phrases, with the most common being “per aspera ad astra,” which literally translates to “through hardships to the stars.” This phrase is rather telling of not only the tone and theme of the movie but of the plot itself as Pitt’s McBride travels tirelessly into the unknown to find not only his long-lost father, but the key to saving humankind entirely.

Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) in Ad Astra (2019)

Join us amongst the stars as we travel into deep space with Ad Astra, making its way into Regal on September 20th! 

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