By/Por Louise Perdin, Special for LWR
EVER HAVE ONE of those mornings where you plop out of bed, rub your eyes, and realize you’ve woken up ninety years earlier than you’d originally planned?
That’s the set-up for Passengers, the forthcoming sci-fi thriller in which Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt play intergalactic travelers whose 120-year hibernation aboard the spaceship Avalon is unexpectedly interrupted, leaving them stranded on their massive (and massively malfunctioning) vessel.
The first trailer for the movie, which you can watch above, starts out cheerily enough, with Lawrence and Pratt making the most of their unexpected time together, as they play with robots, and hit up a bar overseen by a robotic Michael Sheen (Is his character named Mo-Sheen? Let’s hope he’s named Mo-Sheen). But soon, the Avalon starts getting glitchy, sending our hero and heroine through a dizzying gantlet of gravity-defying leaps, stressful space-walks, and one VERY .GIF-fable smooch.
Passengers, which was directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), is a relative rarity in modern Hollywood: A big-star, big-budget studio movie that’s not based on a pre-existing comic book, YA franchise, or best-selling book (the script, written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, has been floating around for nearly a decade).
The movie cost a reported $120 million, which includes a particularly big payday for Lawrence, who more than deserves it at this point. We’ll find out if audiences awaken to Passengers—and whether or not people listen to Iggy Pop in space—when the movie opens on Christmas Day.