Noah Hawley's been making waves in the TV industry for some time now (he's the guy behind FX's Fargo and the brain-melting Legion), and soon he'll make his feature directorial debut with Lucy in the Sky, an unfortunately-titled astronaut drama starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm. The first trailer for that film arrived this morning, and ... well, we're not surprised to see that it looks pretty great.
See what you think:
You might not be able to tell it from this trailer, but Lucy in the Sky is based (very loosely!) on a headline-grabbing news story from 2007, when NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak drove cross-country (at one point allegedly employing adult diapers to make the drive in less time) in order to confront - and, according to prosecutors, to kidnap - Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, who was at the time carrying on with another astronaut by the name of William Oefelein, who Nowak had once been involved with. Lucy in the Sky appears to be less of an adaptation of those events than a film inspired by them, but it's interesting material to be working with, and what's here looks intriguing.
Here's an official plot synopsis:
"An astronaut returns to Earth after a lengthy mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out."
In additon to Portman and Hamm, Lucy in the Sky also features Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Nick Offerman (!!!), Tig Notaro (!!!) and Ellen Burstyn. Looks like we don't have a firm release date for it yet, but Fox Searchlight is expected to release it sometime later this year. Stay tuned for further updates as they roll in.