For a summer full of disappointments, the back half of the year looks quite promising. One of those films with some pretty big potential is the Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt led sci-fi film Passengers. It’s an original sci-fi story from Prometheus screenwriter John Spaihts that has been in the mill for quite some time, with Keanu Reeves set to star at one point in time. But following his absolute success helming The Imitation Game, the project finally found a home with director Morten Tyldum. Shortly thereafter, the Oscar-nominated director was joined by two of Hollywood’s biggest names, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. There, the highly anticipated Passengers was born.
The film takes place on a luxury spaceship set for a human colony that’s over 100 years away. Being such a lengthy journey, the passengers are put into suspended animation, but when two of the passengers are awakened 90 years too early because of a ship malfunction, they not only face living the rest of their lives on board, but begin to fall for each other, as well as quickly become the ship, and it’s 5,000 passengers, only hope.
As far as my anticipation goes, this is easily one of the more exciting films for the rest of 2016. Not only because it’s a top genre of mine, but it’s mainly due to Lawrence and Pratt being the leads. With the synopsis heavily indicating that Lawrence and Pratt will take up the majority, if not all of the screen time, how can I not be excited to see these two personalities come together for two hours? They are capable of nailing every way of emotion and intensity needed for this role, with their resumes of the last few years easily backing that up. Not only are they funny in all that right ways, but they are two extremely strong dramatic actors, which is what I’m looking froward to the most.
With Entertainment Weekly debuting these images, hopefully that mean we’ll be seeing a first trailer very soon. Until then, here’s what director Morten Tyldum had to say about the film’s more intimate focus while being large in scope:
“It’s one of those stories that really grabs you and you fall in love with it. It’s very smart and funny and clever and such a page turner I couldn’t put it down. Every 10 pages, something new happens! At the same time it’s a very intimate movie while taking place on this epic scale. For me, it’s a story about what’s important to live a full life. What are the things we need as humans? It’s not afraid to entertain but at the same time it asks big questions about what does it mean to really feel happy. Every generation has its love story. I feel like this is it. I had to do it.”
Morten Tyldum’s Passengers hits theaters December 21st, 2016 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne.