Ruth Negga to star in sci-fi drama ‘Ad Astra’

Negga received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her work in Jeff Nichols’ “Loving”

Ruth Negga in LovingAccording to  Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga will star with Brad Pitt in New Regency’s “Ad Astra,” James Gray’s upcoming sci-fi epicRuth Negga

Tommy Lee Jones also is attached to the project, which is described as an adventure film about one man’s journey across a lawless and unforgiving solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Gray will direct the feature film from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Bona Film Group are financing the pic. Fox will distribute in the U.S. and internationally in every market except Greater China, where Bona Film Group will distribute.

“Ad Astra” continues a string of successful film partnerships between New Regency and Plan B, including the Oscar-nominated “The Big Short” and Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave,” as well as director Ryan Coogler’s upcoming feature “Wrong Answer,” written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and starring Michael B. Jordan.

Negga, who stars on the AMC series “Preacher” (the 13-episode second season premiered in June), received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her work in Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” opposite Joel Edgerton.

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