THR is reporting that Oscar-nominated Irish actress Ruth Negga has signed to star in James Gray’s upcoming sci-fi feature Ad Astra.

The film is described an adventure film about one man’s journey across a lawless and unforgiving solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Negga joins Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in the cast. Lost City of Z director Gray is working from a script co-written with Ethan Gross (Fringe), and will produce alongside Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B, Rodrigo Teixeira for RT Features, and Anthony Katagas for Keep Your Head Productions. Executive producers are Marc Butan for Mad River, Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas for RT Features, and Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi and Paul Conway.

Finance comes from New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Bona Film Group, with Fox distributing worldwide, excluding China where Bona Film Group will release.

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