Brad Pitt won’t be on hand to promote “Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience” during the film’s screening on Wednesday, due to his “family situation.”
The actor told Access Hollywood that he was skipping the premiere for the Terrence Malick film, on which Pitt served as a producer, so as to focus on the personal issues he’s currently experiencing, and to not draw attention away from the film.
“Terrence’s ‘Voyage of Time’ is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time,” Pitt said. “I’m very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I’m currently focused on my family situation and don’t want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see.”
The documentary, which is narrated by Brad Pitt, is an “exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity’s place in the future,” according to a synopsis published by IMDb.
Last week, Pitt’s wife, Angelina Jolie, filed for divorce from the actor, after two years of marriage and more than a decade together.
Jolie cited “irreconcilable differences” in court documents, adding that their date of separation was September 15.
She also requested sole physical custody of their six children, offering Pitt visitation rights and joint legal custody. Pitt officially adopted three of Jolie’s children, while Jolie gave birth to three more children over the course of their relationship.
Pitt said that he was “deeply saddened” by the split in a statement following the filing.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids,” the actor said in a statement to People. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Jolie’s rep said that the actress filed for the divorce “for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”