The outer space adventure stars Brad Pitt as a man traveling across the universe looking for his missing father. Co-star Tommy Lee Jones was presumed to play the latter role, although Sutherland is 12 years older than Jones and could also, in theory, take on that role.
Filmmaker James Gray, coming off the acclaimed The Lost City of Z, released by Bleecker Street earlier this year, will direct from his own script, co-wrtten by Ethan Gross.
New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Bona Film Group financed the project with Fox handling distribution everywhere except China. Pitt will co-produce with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, along with Gray, RT Features’ Rodrigo Texeira, Anthony Katagas from Keep Your Head Productions and Mad River’s Marc Butan. Exec. producers include Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Moss from RT Features with Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi and Paul Conway.
Previously, New Regency and Plan B teamed for Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated The Big Short and Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave. They also have Ryan Coogler’s Wrong Answer, starring Michael B. Jordan, coming up.
RT Features has their own possible Oscar contender with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name and Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$, which Fox Searchlight is releasing next week. Both of those films received a lot of buzz out of Sundance this year.
A legendary film actor, Sutherland has remained somewhat silent since finishing his role as President Snow in The Hunger Games saga in late 2015, but he has made three films this year, one of which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month. That movie is Paolo Virzi’s The Leisure Seeker, opposite Helen Mirren, which Sony Pictures Classics picked up before its Venice premiere and plan to release on January 19, 2018 — presumably with an Oscar run before year’s end. Sutherland also appears in Dan Baron’s directorial debut, the musical rom-com Basmati Blues, and Jim Loach’s Measure of a Man with Judy Greer and Liana Liberato.
Sutherland also will take on the key role of J. Paul Getty in the new FX series Trust from the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire duo of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy.
This story was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor