EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Lee Jones is in final talks to star with Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the working title of the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct for New Regency. Production begins in September. Details are being kept close to the vest, but here’s what I’ve heard: In Ad Astra (which means “to the stars” in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.
Asked which other famous stars, in addition to Coppola, have told Ferrell they’re fans of his work, the actor cited his former Megamind voice costar Brad Pitt.
“Brad Pitt is another guy who’s just like, ‘I can’t tell you how many of your movies we’ve just sat and watched with the kids and we equally are just sharing a laugh,” Ferrell said. “I think for a family to connect — I know it’s the same with my kids — to have an experience where you connect with the humor together, it’s like a real rite of passage. It’s really special.”
Too many people are famous nowadays (or claim to be), but only a few have been as well-known and well-loved for quite as long as Brad Pitt (let’s call it three decades). As such, Brad’s big “I’m the man of the moment” moment has happened more than once. And each of these tends to coincide with critically acclaimed movie roles, the beginning or end of a relationship, or an exceptionally good hair phase. Like right now.
Last night, the actor attended Netflix’s Okja premiere wearing a houndstooth suit, white dress shirt, and wine-colored dress shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo—and his hair is still in that exceptionally good messy fade cut. His tanned complexion made it look like he’d just returned from vacation, but who can say? (There’s always a chance it was just some Tom Ford bronzer.) In short, he looked like a man at the top of his game and, perhaps more importantly, ready to be the center of attention.
A fascinating firsthand account of working as an extra for Netflix’s War Machine feature film starring Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton. Catherine Taylor, a supporting artist with Uni-versalEXTRAS, recounts her time in London covering everything from Danish pastries to working alongside Hollywood actors!
The Quiet Buzz of Excitement
It is a crisp, sunny October morning in a leafy square in the heart of London. A large marquee is filled with around 300 people helping themselves to coffee and Danish pastries. There is a quiet buzz of conversation. Some of the crowd are chatting, some reading books or knitting. The majority are soberly dressed in suits while the rest are, slightly disconcertingly, kitted in military fatigues.
Suddenly, a runner appears at the entrance and calls out clearly – “Can we have all our German speakers now please?” The essential nature of the background artiste’s job is to hang about for ages and then “MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!”