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Ad Astra isn't your old man's outer space family action-drama in thrilling new trailer

Screenshot: Ad Astra (YouTube)

There was a somber self-seriousness to the first trailer for Ad Astra, James Gray’s delayed space drama. Brad Pitt’s Roy McBride discovers his father, Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), who presumably vanished during a journey to Neptune, isn’t actually dead. In fact, he could be up to some nefarious space shit. It felt like a less cerebral, more adventurous Interstellar.

Well, the latest clip for the film makes that nefarious space shit look pretty damn exciting. Sure, we saw a moon buggy shoot-out in the previous trailer, but here we get a look at an entire intergalactic base that’s decidedly futuristic, with awe-inspiring infrastructure and, for some reason, a glitching holographic cowboy hunk. Basically, there’s a world beyond Earth in Ad Astra. Who needs teary-eyed confessionals from Liv Tyler?

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Pitt, Jones, and Tyler star alongside Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie “Malibu’s Most Wanted” Kennedy. Check out the trailer below ahead of the film’s September 20 release date.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.