When Norwegian director Morten Tyldum stepped into the world of cinema, his eye for the visual medium may have earned him recognition among his peers; with the director’s most recent work including the 2002 film, The Imitation Game. The Imitation Game aimed to tell the true life story of mathematician Alan Turing in an historical drama featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. Morten Tyldum’s work on The Imitation game may have resulted in the director being nominated for the Oscar for “Best Achievement in Directing”. In addition to an Oscar nomination, Morten Tyldum’s work on The Imitation Game seemed to result in several award nominations from various film festivals and media outlets, including a BAFTA nomination.
After The Imitation Game may have found commercial and critical success, Morten Tyldum seemed to set his sights on his next project. This next project may mark a shift in the Norwegian director’s portfolio as Morten Tyldum aims to try his hand at a different type of film genre. For Morten Tyldum’s latest project, the director aims to craft a science fiction film, however, this time he aims to put a twist on the genre and infuse science fiction with romance.
Morten Tyldum’s 2016 romantic science fiction film is known simply as “Passengers” and the director aims to recruit Hollywood talent to star in his latest release. For Passengers the lead actress and actor roles seem to be filled by Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) and Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) respectively. With these two in the forefront of Morten Tyldum’s science fiction romantic tale, he aims to tell a personal story involve the famous duo. The circumstances which eventually lead to the two encountering one another aim to form the foundation for Passengers and it seems Morten Tyldum wanted two faces in the lead roles contemporary audiences may recognise.
Morten Tyldum aims to place Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in his science fiction adventure set in space; the premise of Passengers revolves around two passengers on a cosmic journey to a new planet, a journey which may take 120 years to complete. During this journey, all the crew seem to be held in suspended animation, however, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt awaken from their slumber 90 years too soon. This anomaly in the system seems to result in the duo finding themselves the only ones awake onboard a spaceship bound for a distant planet.
This setting seems to result in a series of events which see Jennifer Lawrence, journalist Aurora Lane, and Chris Pratt, mechanical engineer Jim Preston, investigating the cause of their strange situation. As the two work together, a romantic aspect may flourish from this intriguing plot as Passengers aims to present a unique story for the science fiction genre. While still retaining many of the space elements science fiction may be known for, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s adventure aims to take a closer look at the relationship between the two and how they deal with their strange new situation.
With their 120 year journey to a new planet seemingly reduced, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are tasked with working together to uncover the true nature of their circumstances and ensure the rest of the crew safely reach their destination. With its seemly mysterious plot, acclaimed director and cast, ‘Passengers’ aims to offer audiences a romantic science fiction experience. By focusing his gaze on the human aspects, Morten Tyldum aims to deliver a cosmic adventure to audiences and connects two of Hollywood’s stars together on the screen resulting in a unique chemistry.
Passengers aim to be released on 21st December
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