George Clooney directs and stars in The Midnight Sky, based mostly on the the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

Netflix has wager closely this 12 months on high-profile characteristic movies starring A-list expertise: first with Chris Hemsworth in Extraction, after which with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron in The Previous Guard. That wager has largely paid off. Now the streaming platform has tapped one other Oscar winner, George Clooney, to direct and star within the post-apocalyptic science fiction movie The Midnight Sky. It is tailored from the critically acclaimed 2016 debut novel, Good Morning, Midnight, by Lily Brooks-Dalton, which has been in comparison with Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. The official trailer simply dropped, and it is giving us some sturdy Away vibes (which, alas, has been canceled by Netflix after only one season).

Within the novel, a superb astronomer named Augustine is posted to the Arctic, scanning the night time sky for clues concerning the delivery of the universe. Then a mysterious international apocalypse happens, prompting all his fellow scientists to evacuate. However Augustine stays behind, devoted to persevering with his analysis, even because the airwaves go silent. In the meantime, a workforce of astronauts aboard the spaceship Aether is ready to return to Earth after a mission to Jupiter. On board is Sully, who sacrificed her marriage and left her daughter behind in an effort to turn into one of many first people to journey to date in our Photo voltaic System. The astronauts are unaware of the disaster that has befallen Earth, and it falls to Augustine to warn them to not return.

Snow is white, house is black

Clooney’s movie adaptation appears to be like like it can hew carefully to the novel. Per the official premise: “This post-apocalyptic story follows Augustine (Clooney, Syriana, Argo), a lonely scientist within the Arctic, as he races to cease Sully (Felicity Jones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and her fellow astronauts from returning residence to a mysterious international disaster.” The forged additionally contains David Oyelowo (Selma, Do not Let Go) as Commander Tom Adewole, Ethan Peck (Star Trek: Discovery), Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline, First Man) as Matthew, Tiffany Boone (The Following) as Maya, Demián Bichir (A Higher Life) as Sanchez, and Caoilinn Springall as Iris, a mysterious youngster that Augustine befriends within the Arctic.

The trailer opens on an enormous snowy expanse earlier than slicing to Clooney’s Augustine making an attempt to contact the astronauts aboard the Aether—and exchanging a defeated look with younger Iris earlier than including, “Is anybody on the market?” In the meantime, in deep house, Sully is making an attempt to make contact with Earth; three weeks have handed because the Aether‘s final communication with Mission Management. Augustine tells Isis that the Aether was speculated to be the hope for mankind’s future: “In our galaxy alone, there are billions of stars. At the least certainly one of them has the potential to assist life.”

That mission is now extra crucial than ever, which is why he has to discover a method to warn the crew concerning the catastrophic circumstances on Earth. (We aren’t instructed what, precisely, occurred, besides that “it began with a mistake.”) To take action, Augustine must get to a facility with a stronger antenna. Since he cannot go away Iris, she comes alongside. As for the astronauts, they discover themselves pondering the large questions of life and dying, as one does on a possible one-way mission to Jupiter, and questioning if all of the sacrifice will probably be value it in the long run.

The Midnight Sky will play in choose theaters in December earlier than coming to Netflix on December 23, 2020.

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