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Outer space is endless in Ad Astra's vivid new IMAX trailer

In advance of James Gray’s anticipated Ad Astra blasting off at TIFF next week, a new trailer has been dropped teasing its eventual IMAX release. Well, it gets the job done, because now we can’t imagine not seeing it in a way engulfs every single one of our senses.

As we’ve seen in its previous trailers, Ad Astra follows Brad Pitt’s astronaut as he searches for his space-pioneering pops (Tommy Lee Jones), who’s apparently behind “an uncontrolled anti-matter reaction that threatens our entire solar system.” Also, space buggy fights! Moon cities! Liv Tyler!

The above clip is filled with awe-inspiring, larger-than-life vistas, as well as intergalactic action scenes that would only benefit from the intricate textures of an IMAX experience. It also offers a bit ominousness in a sonorous Donald Sutherland soundbite: “The enemy up here is not a person or a thing, it’s the endless void.”


Pitt, Jones, and Tyler star alongside Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie “Malibu’s Most Wanted” Kennedy. Ad Astra hits IMAX and regular ‘ol theaters on September 20.

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.

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