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Jasmine Callender

Is a budding intergalactic romance even possible? Can Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt save themselves, and their ship, whilst everyone else is sleeping? Sci-fi romance Passengers is set to answer all of your questions in the most surprising and thrilling way possible. It tells the story of two characters, James (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) who have woken up only thirty years into their 120-year space voyage to Homestead II.


With no way of going back to sleep, together they must find a way to overcome the drama that ensues. With the film's release fast approaching us, here are five facts you need to know before it arrives at the box-office.

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1. An Award-Winning Director Is Taking On Starship Avalon

Image - Sony Pictures
Image - Sony Pictures

"It’s not afraid to entertain but at the same time it asks big questions about what does it mean to really feel happy. Every generation has its love story. I feel like [Passengers] is it."

Known for Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game (2014) and Norwegian hit Headhunters (2011), Morten Tyldum was nominated for Best Director at the 88th Academy Awards. Passengers will be his fifth feature film and it is likely to follow the critically acclaimed footsteps of the ones that came before it. The 12-time award winner has documented his work with on Twitter and Instagram - take a look behind the scenes with him and Chris Pratt!

2. Other Incredible A-Listers Were Considered By Casting

Images - 20th Century Fox
Images - 20th Century Fox

Several actors were considered for the lead role of James (Jim) Preston, a space-bound mechanic on the 120-year voyage to Homestead II. Keanu Reeves was reportedly in talks to star as James - as well as produce the film - with Reese Witherspoon as his intergalactic love interest, Aurora. Many A-list actresses were considered for her character including Emily Blunt and Doctor Strange's Rachel McAdams.

I'm sure you would agree these choices may have changed the film dramatically - perhaps to the point where it could have made for an entirely different movie. The all-star cast - which also includes the likes of Laurence Fishburne and Michael Sheen as supporting actors - will no doubt please fans. Watch how reacted to being called the 'Male ' and how the renowned lead actors coped with their difficult space stunts below:

3. The Story Has Been Circulating Around Hollywood For Almost A Decade!

Image - Sony Pictures
Image - Sony Pictures

Back in 2007, the original script for Passengers, written by Jon Spaihts, was ranked on Black List's annual 'most liked' list which gives Hollywood insight into which scripts could be developed for the big screen. Other scripts which also made cut that year included The Revenant and The Hangover which, as we now know, would go on to achieve great success. Although Keanu Reeves was (reportedly) interested in producing the film when Black List released their compilation, it took another seven years for Sony Pictures to buy the rights. So here we are, almost a decade in, and the film is on course for the box office. If the trailer is anything to go by, it looks like it will be worth the wait. Check it out below!

4. Chris Pratt May Have A Hidden Agenda (Wait... WHAT?)

Image - Sony Pictures
Image - Sony Pictures

Spaiht, who also wrote the script for Marvel's , hinted in his screenplay that James Preston might not be all that he seems. Perhaps, both him and Aurora waking up 90 years before everyone else on-board Spaceship Avalon was not *just* a coincidence.

The original script included a revelation that is not evident in the trailer for the film: “A spacecraft is transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet that has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger [James/Jim] is awakened 90 years before anyone else."

It also describes the research he conducted until coming to the conclusion that Aurora was the only one for him - "Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up [Aurora].”

It is difficult to decipher from the trailer whether the film will include this somewhat crucial twist but there is no denying the idea of recreating fate would flip the space-romance storyline on its head.

5. It Might Just Be The Best Film You'll See This Season

With a Christmas release date, Passengers is likely to be the final, yet long-awaited, blockbuster of the year. Its cast, comedy and spectacle can only propel the film's success to (*erherm*) astronomic heights - what else would you expect from a Guardian of the Galaxy and an X-Men Mutant? You can see the film from 21st December 2016 - so not long to wait now.

Are you looking forward to Passengers? Do you think it will rival the success of Arrival and Doctor Strange? Let us know in the comments!

Sources: IGN - The Telegraph


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