First 'Lucy in the Sky' Trailer Starring Natalie Portman as an Astronaut
by Alex Billington
March 19, 2019
"You got to see the vast celestial everything, and it blew your mind." Fox Searchlight has finally unveiled the first trailer for Lucy in the Sky, the feature directorial debut of TV filmmaker Noah Hawley (creator of "Fargo" and "Legion"). Formerly titled Pale Blue Dot before Lucy in the Sky (sans diamonds), this film is loosely based on astronaut Lisa Nowak's alleged criminal activities involving her romance with astronaut William Oefelein. In 2007, after completing her mission in space, she drove from Houston to Orlando and confronted another woman. Natalie Portman plays a fictionalized version of her named Lucy Cola, who has a breakdown and starts to lose her grip on reality after returning. The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro, Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo, and Joe Williamson. We've all been waiting to get a glimpse at this and, as expected, it looks damn good. I love the difference in the framing when she's in space and on Earth, makes the difference feel that much more grand.
Here's the first teaser trailer for Noah Hawley's Lucy in the Sky, direct from Searchlight's YouTube:
An astronaut returns to Earth after a lengthy mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out. Lucy in the Sky is directed by American filmmaker / producer Noah Hawley, making is feature directorial debut with this film, after creating and directing a few episodes of "Fargo" and "Legion previously. The screenplay is written by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, with other updates by Noah Hawley. The film hasn't premiered at any festivals or elsewhere yet. Fox Searchlight will release Hawley's Lucy in the Sky in select theaters sometime later in 2019. Stay tuned for more. First impression? Who's in?
Well we all know Portman is adept at playing unstable and crazy. Looks on par with her past work.
THE_RAW_ on Mar 19, 2019
She does seem to be good at playing one type of character, but honestly that is a big improvement because she used to not be able to play anything!
Grace on Jun 11, 2019
She's come a long way from Princess Amidala, hasn't she? lol
THE_RAW_ on Jul 3, 2019
That was a great trailer, can't wait to see this one. And I didn't even notice the difference in the framing before I read it after watching. Very interesting.
Efterklang on Mar 19, 2019
I don't like the title. Why should I think of the Beatles instead of the movie when reading the title? Pale Blue Dot sounds much more mystifying and intriguing to me. I guess I should see the movie, but I've always had the same thought of this crazy woman wearing a diaper on her journey across the country to confront the 'other' woman and how she ever became an astronaut. Don't they vet? Don't they have an extremely in depth psychological process to make sure these people are nut jobs deep inside? Yet, this nutter woman actually went thru the process and became an astronaut. I can buy that being in space can have serious effects on a human psyche, but that should be covered in the whole selection process and training. What if she went off her rocker in space while on the mission? Will this be explained in the movie? I'm also not as intrigued as Alex of the different framing or film ratio for space and on earth. It too just reeks of a gimmick and there's a lot of gimmick stuff going on in today's movies. I did like the photography and lighting and production design and Ms. Portman's performance. I've been less interested in her of late, but this does pique my interest because of her in the trailer. I doubt anyone will go see this one though.
thespiritbo on Mar 19, 2019
She does look more and more mature in her roles. That might be one of the reasons to see it ...
shiboleth on Mar 19, 2019
Aging like a boss. The costuming looks great.
DAVIDPD on Mar 19, 2019
This all feels a just a bit too little, too late.
JohnDoeB on Mar 20, 2019
Watching paint dry looks more interesting.
Lewis on Mar 27, 2019
Than a film about an astronaut who went crazy after returning from space and drove thousands of miles to confront another woman over a man, getting herself arrested and kicked out of NASA? Right, right...
Alex Billington on Mar 27, 2019
It looks a little slow for my taste. I thought it might be of interest, as I normally enjoy space stuff like First Man, but the trailer simply didn't do anything for me.
Lewis on Mar 27, 2019
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