Mark Strong Heads to Mars in First 'Approaching the Unknown' Trailer

April 29, 2016
Source: YouTube

Approaching the Unknown

"I don't know if I'm on course… My ship isn't telling me." Where did this come from?! Vertical Ent. has released a trailer for a film called Approaching the Unknown, a sci-fi drama about an astronaut on a one-way solo mission to colonize Mars. Mark Strong stars as Captain William D. Stanaforth, and it's great to see Strong in a lead role. The cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Charles Baker, Anders Danielsen Lie and Harry L. Seddon, but this is really a one-man show. There are some crazy cool visuals in this trailer, his spacecraft drifting through weird anomalies in space, but it looks damn good. The line at the end - chills.

Here's the first trailer for Mark Elijah Rosenberg's Approaching the Unknown, found on YouTube:

Approaching the Unknown Poster

Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to take the first steps in colonizing Mars. Like all pioneers throughout history, Stanaforth will face insurmountable odds and life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space. Approaching the Unknown is both written & directed by newcomer Mark Elijah Rosenberg, making his feature directing debut (his only other credit is "Special Thanks" on Beasts of the Southern Wild). This hasn't played at any film festivals or otherwise yet. Vertical Entertainment & Paramount Pictures will release Approaching the Unknown in select theaters starting June 3rd this year.

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Well it can't go more wrong than his trip to the sun haha. It is good to see Strong in a leading role but everyone who knows him knows he should have no problem in a leading role. He can do badass, funny, scary and charming.

Jon Odishaw on Apr 29, 2016


Right? I was thinking the same thing about Sunshine.

Lar Rackell on Apr 29, 2016


Snooze fest.

CyraNOSE on Apr 29, 2016


Looks like a combination of The Martian and Moon which could be cool but can't help but think this is just a cash grab after The Martian's success.

chuckpenz on Apr 29, 2016


Ok, let's not be naive, that's what movies mostly are. This one is just not very original at that ...

shiboleth on Apr 29, 2016


I like the concept. My only gripe is that it looks like nobody taught him how to use an erg machine.

redtie on Apr 29, 2016


And, on the end, will they go after him and take him home, huh? And would that be cool? This will be another exercise in anxiety ...

shiboleth on Apr 29, 2016


For such a highly technical sounding premise, this looks surprisingly low budget. Since when is Mission Control only 1 guy?! Kind of looks predictable though...

RAW_D on Apr 29, 2016


Seems like it's a concept film; what happens to the astronaut who cuts the cord to earth and journeys off into space on his own? To me that relies too much on the ending to work. If the ending stinks, the whole movie falls apart. And at least up until the turning point it doesn't look very original. Possibly a good performance by Strong, though.

Terry Craig on Apr 29, 2016


Could be cool. Love me some Mark Strong.

grimjob on Apr 29, 2016


Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles I'm feeling very still And I think my spaceship knows which way to go Tell my wife I love her very much she knows Ground Control to Major Tom Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you "Here am I floating 'round my tin can Far above the moon Planet Earth is blue And there's nothing I can do"

Bravadojo on Apr 30, 2016


Aside from Strong's goofy accent, this looks like it has some serious potential at being a great film.

DAVIDPD on May 1, 2016


I'm in.

Bewbs on May 6, 2016

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