The drama focuses on what happens when Portman's character, astronaut Lucy Cola, returns home to Earth. The film tells less of a survival/apocalyptic 'what if the oxygen runs out' story, honing in on the isolation and trauma Lucy feels when faced with the claustrophobic reality of life on earth.
Author and TV showrunner Noah Hawley is directing the film, and his talent of pinpointing the existential poetry of the human day-to-day fits the bill perfectly. While his most high-profile project might be the serialisation of Coen Brothers' film Fargo, Hawley has delved into psychological and other-worldly realms on Marvel spin-off show Legion.
There's no challenge too big for Natalie Portman: the actress has hardly finished promoting toxic pop portrait Vox Lux and the engines are already firing up for her next transformation. From the delicate but still extremely charged grief she showed in Jackie to the introspective sci-fi psychology of Annihilation, Portman's back catalogue proves she's a safe bet as Lucy. Is it too early to call awards predictions?
The orbiting names also solidify expectations for Lucy in the Sky: Jon Hamm, of Mad Men fame, costars as a fellow astronaut; Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downtown Abbey, Legion) plays Lucy's husband Drew; and Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) and Academy Award-winning Ellen Burstyn also feature.
'Everything here looks so small', Lucy confesses in the first images of the film. But even with no release date yet – our expectations are already sky-high.
|What||Lucy in the Sky: Natalie Portman suits up as astronaut extraordinaire|
01 Nov 19 – 15 Nov 19, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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