Ruth Negga has signed on to play a undisclosed role in James Gray’s sci-fi epic, Ad Astra.
Gray will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. Gray previously directed 2016’s The Lost of City Z, starring Charlie Hunnam. New Regency is behind Ad Astra with financing also coming from 20th Century Fox and Bona Film. Pitt is producing the project with fellow producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner under their Plan B banner.
Ad Astra continues a string of successful feature 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 the upcoming feature Wrong Answer, directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan, and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
The film will follow Pitt’s character as he journey’s across the solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who is a threat to mankind. Negga’s role has yet to be disclosed, one can assume that she will either play a fellow astronaut, Pitt’s love-interest, or an individual behind the search for Pitt’s father. Since this is a male led film, and led by Pitt no less, Negga’s role may be significantly smaller then what one hopes for the Academy Award nominee. However, nothing is official, and there is still hope for another stellar role for Negga.
Right now Negga is starring in season 2 of AMC’s Preacher every Monday night.