Check out the official poster for The Space Between Us!
In the upcoming movie, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.
While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.
Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
According to Deadline, the 25-year-old actress and 18-year-old actor have both been cast in an untitled science fiction romance film, also starring Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino.
Here’s how the site describes the movie, based on a short story by Richard Lewis: “Set in an era of planetary colonization in the solar system, the film will follow the first child born on Mars who begins an online romance with a girl living in Colorado.”
It continues, “Living in a secret, experimental colony, he begins a plan to find his way to Earth in order to meet her. But with Earth’s gravity threatening his life, the two literally star crossed lovers seek out the billionaire whose money made Martian colonization possible for information about the boy’s dead mother, and the circumstances of his birth.”
Six young actors were flown to Atlanta to meet producers for the role, which will be featured in the upcoming Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War before getting solo films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Impossible‘s Tom Holland, Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Plummer, and two newcomers – Judah Lewis and Matthew Lintz – are also in the running.
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Asa Butterfield accepts the Rising Star award during the 2014 Savannah Film Festival held at the Trustees Theater in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday night (October 25).
The 17-year-old actor joined The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus at the annual festival, which provides students with opportunities to meet and interact with professionals in the entertainment industry and to honor those who have excelled in their profession.
“I did a question and answer with a group of students,” Asa shared with Savannah Now. “It was a lot of fun. Some were really interested in talking about filmmaking and acting.”
He added about the honor, “I’m so excited to get the award. Being honored is always exciting. I’m happy to be recognized.”
Asa Butterfield makes his red carpet entrance at the premiere of his new movie X+Y held during the 2014 BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on Monday night (October 13) in London, England.
The 17-year-old actor recently opened up about how he got interested in the role.
“I loved the script. I always think that trying to push yourself as an actor in a direction that you’ve never been before, developing characters which are more difficult to get into the head of, or are more interesting and further away from yourself, is always a challenge,” Asasaid. “But, you want to take up that challenge and try your best.”
The film follows a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.