Richard Dreyfuss Goes to Space in Trailer for Lonely Drama 'Astronaut'

May 15, 2019
Source: YouTube


"You know I have to do this…" "I know you do." Quiver Distribution has unveiled the official trailer for an odd little indie drama titled Astronaut, the feature directorial debut of Canadian-British actress Shelagh McLeod. The concept for this sounds like it could be a super goofy comedy, but it's really a straightforward drama - and it looks very, very cheesy. Richard Dreyfuss stars as a lonely widower who battles his family, ill health, and time, in order to win a competition for a golden ticket to visit space. The cast includes Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Graham Greene, Richie Lawrence, and Colm Feore as the Elon Musk-esque billionaire who offers the once-in-a-lifetime trip to space. I'm stunned this film even exists, seems so bland.

Here's the first official trailer (+ two posters) for Shelagh McLeod's Astronaut, direct from YouTube:

Astronaut Poster

Astronaut Poster

Angus (Dreyfuss), a lonely widower, has his long-extinguished dream to become an astronaut reignited when a national competition is announced. The prize? One ticket for a trip to space! Way over the age-limit, Angus alters his birthdate so he can enter the competition. Against all odds, but with help coming from his dysfunctional family, he must battle against preconceptions, ill health and time, to win the ticket and take the trip of his dreams. Astronaut is written and directed by Canadian actress-turned-filmmaker Shelagh McLeod, making her feature directorial debut after a few short films previously. Quiver Dist. will release McLeod's Astronaut in select theaters + on VOD starting July 26th this summer. Anyone into this?

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Ridiculous. Absurd. Look at Dreyfuss...he's a fat, little old man...sitting on the edge of the one would send a human being in that condition into space. I hate to see old actors as has beens refusing to go off into the good night of retirement and enjoy their older years. Gene Hackman did it and I wish he'd come back and do something as he was magnificent. Not Dreyfuss though. I might have a dog in the fight because I locked horns with this little jerk years ago because he was acting like an arrogant little pri*k which I would have none of. I guess it serves him right doing shlock like this.

thespiritbo on May 15, 2019


Yeah, like Robert Redford...he totally embarrassed himself in " Winter Soldier" and "Pete's Dragon" Of course, you probably didn't see those. More movies you would think are absurd. Since we're talking about retiring and getting too old etc, Why don't you stop commenting on movies BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE ANYTHING , dude!

kitano0 on May 16, 2019


He likes some things. It's just far and few between. But most of the movies nowadays are garbage, man. @npr-be1b4d5930a3ad3b5ada2a8236376237:disqus calls em like he sees them.

THE_RAW_ on May 16, 2019


Thank you, Sir! It reminds me of what a wise man once said, 'The 'uncritical acceptance' typical of the herd mentality is the soil from which ignorance grows and evil flourishes and advantages are taken'.

thespiritbo on May 16, 2019

5, kitano0. Should I demand that you stop commenting because you 'like everything'? on, man. I don't want to be mean here, but there really is not much to like these days in movies or in popular culture in general. Not to realize that is...well, it's not very perceptive. Cheers!

thespiritbo on May 16, 2019


I'm just raggin' on you, man...I realize this ain't the 70s, for sure...but I disagree on the amount of garbage. There are lots of movies I don't want to see, no interest at all. But that doesn't mean they are garbage. "Popular culture"...well, that's almost an oxymoron, isn't it? A different discussion. Meanwhile... Lively up yourself....cheers!

kitano0 on May 16, 2019


Okay...but let me remind you that Raw below is the one, not me, who used the term 'garbage' in replying to you and your 'raggin' reply to me. Righto Cheerio? I would, however, perhaps label them as 'trash' like the John Wick movies. Does that ease the raggin' a bit? Cheers!

thespiritbo on May 17, 2019


Duly noted. Well, how about the Mission: Impossible franchise, then?

kitano0 on May 17, 2019


Well...sheeeeet....I've a tough time with the little, weirdo Scientologist...and always have since he burst on the scene in Risky Business...before he became a space down on MI... I get it why the folks like it, but it's not my cup of tea...rubber face masks that can suddenly turn them into a whole other person? Fooling everyone? That's a bit tough for me to stomach...or suspend disbelief over. I sure do like Rebecca Furgerson though. That's something I think Tommy did right casting her. Cheers.

thespiritbo on May 18, 2019


I think I just watched the whole movie. These short stories are getting shorter and shorter!

Whichhalfofthewit on May 15, 2019


So, going to space when you're old. At least you might have a piece. But hardly a chance to do it ...

shiboleth on May 16, 2019


I really hope this is looks entertaining...nice to see Dreyfuss in something where he's not playing an asshole.

kitano0 on May 16, 2019


That second poster is a perfect representation of what this movie is: TERRIBLE. I guess Dreyfuss has to pay the rent somehow.

THE_RAW_ on May 16, 2019


Did you see the movie? Or just the trailer? I don't even think the movie is out yet, so how can you know if the poster is perfect representation of it?

Cinefiliac on May 22, 2019


I saw the trailer which is a "commercial" to sell the movie. And it looks terrible. I've seen enough movies/trailers in my life where I can pretty much discern whether or not it will appeal to me. This does not. It looks terrible. I'm also a graphic designer and the poster SUCKS. But if you're excited about it, knock yourself out and tell me how wrong I am.

THE_RAW_ on May 22, 2019


I agree the poster sucks. But I don't think it's fair to say the movie is terrible when you haven't seen the movie. You can say it doesn't appeal to you, but that isn't the same as being terrible. I've seen plenty of trailers for movies that didn't appeal to me - mostly superhero ones - but that doesn't make them terrible movies. It just makes them movies I personally don't want to see. I'm not that anxious to jump in and crap all over somebody else's work, that likely took them years, when I have not even seen the finished product, but only a "commercial" which was in all likelihood made by the distributor with no input from the filmmaker.

Cinefiliac on May 22, 2019


I said it LOOKS terrible. It's limited theater release + VOD doesn't bode well and doesn't inspire confidence either. But like I said, I hope you enjoy the heck out of it. I will devote my time to films that don't look terrible.

THE_RAW_ on May 22, 2019


I suspect there was a disconnect between whoever did that cheesy second poster with the giant Dreyfuss head and the actual movie. Obviously none of us have seen the movie yet, so should only be commenting on the trailer, not the film itself. But the trailer looks like a thoughtful, beautifully shot little indie drama. The second poster looks like a Chevy Chase movie. If the movie is like the trailer, I will totally go see it. For one thing, the calibre of actors in it should already tell you it's got something. Graham Greene and Colm Feore don't need the work. They clearly did this because of the script. That says a lot. So does the cinematography. Anyone know who shot it? Beautiful.

Cinefiliac on May 22, 2019

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