Movie fans were intrigued when, earlier this summer, STX Entertainment released a trailer for its newest film about a teenage girl who connects with a boy living in an early Mars colony. Cleverly-titled The Space Between Us follows Gardner (Asa Butterfield) as he finally makes the move from Mars to Earth, in an attempt to seek out more human connection. Once there, he escapes his scientist caretakers with Tulsa (Britt Robertson), an Earth girl he met online while still on Mars. The two fall in love, but their newfound relationship is put to the test as scientists race to recover Gardner before his Mars-adapted body crumbles under Earth’s gravity.
STX Entertainment released the first trailer for The Space Between Us way back in May, when the film was slated for an August release. Now, after some adjustments to accommodate more VFX work and STX title Bad Moms, the film will finally premiere this Decemeber. Though its first trailer focused heavily on the film’s dramatic overtones and Gardner’s tragic backstory, the newest trailer for The Space Between Us instead highlights some of the film’s more comedic aspects. Watch it, above.
As Gardner adjusts to Earth life, he encounters some surprises — like science classroom eye washes and horses — that lead to comedic moments and banter with Tulsa. In many respects, this trailer reads more like a dramatic romantic comedy, plus space. It’s interesting to see how tropes from the teen romantic film, like feelings of alienation and road trips, take on a whole new meaning when interplanetary travel gets thrown into the mix.
The film features an experienced, yet fresh, cast and crew. Asa Butterfield (Hugo) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) lead the film, with Gary Oldman (Harry Potter) and Carla Gugino (Watchmen) in supporting roles. Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) directs the film, with a screenplay by Allan Loeb (21). It’s especially cool to see Asa Butterfield, who was originally in talks to star in the new Spider-Man film(s), cast as the film’s leading man. Plus, if this trailer is any indication, he can definitely pull off the film’s comedic and emotional tone with aplomb.
It looks like this film might be trying to handle too much in too little time. (They’re in space! They’re on Earth! They’re in a plane! They’re in space again?) Still, it’s nice to see original scripts get screen time in this age of sequels and adaptations. For movie fans looking to see a fresh idea in theatres this winter, The Space Between Us could be worth checking out.
The Space Between Us arrives in U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2016.
Source: STX Entertainment