Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’

In today’s film news roundup, Ruth Negga joins Brad Pitt in “Ad Astra,” Florence Pugh is cast opposite Chris Pine in “Outlaw King,” and more …

CASTING

Ruth Negga has joined Brad Pitt in the sci-fi adventure “Ad Astra,” with James Grey directing from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross.

New Regency, 20th Century Fox, and Bona Film Group are financing “Ad Astra.” Fox will distribute in the movie in all markets, aside from China, where Bona Film Group will distribute.

The story centers on a man’s journey across a lawless solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner are producing through their Plan B company with RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray. Mad River’s Marc Butan, and RT Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing, along with Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi, and Paul Conway.

Negga stars on AMC’s “Preacher” and received a best actress Oscar nomination last year for her work in “Loving” opposite Joel Edgerton. She is repped by ICM, Principal Entertainment, and Markham Froggatt and Irwin.

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Netflix has tapped actress Florence Pugh to star opposite Chris Pine in the drama “Outlaw King” with “Hell or High Water” director David Mackenzie helming.

Pine will star as Robert the Bruce, the Scottish king who led his country to freedom from England. The 21-year-old Pugh toplined “Lady Macbeth” and will appear in the upcoming “Fighting With My Family,” opposite Dwayne Johnson, for MGM and WWE Studios.

Pugh is repped by WME and Julian Belfrage in the U.K.

AWARDS

Jon Favreau will receive the the Visual Effects Society‘s lifetime achievement award, which will be presented at the 16th annual VES Awards on Feb. 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Favreau’s directing credits include “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Elf,” “Chef,” and “The Jungle Book.” He’s currently directing Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Lion King” and is slated to direct the sequel to “The Jungle Book.”

Previous winners of the VES lifetime achievement award include James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall & Kathleen Kennedy, Sir Ridley Scott, and Ken Ralston.

 

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