Natalie Portman’s ‘Lucy in the Sky’ Gets Awards-Bait Release Date This Fall

Space drama will open alongside Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”

Last Updated: August 8, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Natalie Portman’s “Lucy in the Sky” will be released, in limited theaters, on Oct. 4, 2019, giving it an awards-bait slot in the calendar.

In “Lucy in the Sky,” Portman plays astronaut Lucy Cola who returns to Earth after a mission to space, but she starts to lose touch with the reality she knew before.

The other movies opening that day are Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Current War” and Pedro Almodovar’s Cannes Competition selection “Pain and Glory.”

“Lucy in the Sky” reunites Dan Stevens with “Legion” creator Noah Hawley, who is directing, and also stars Zazie Beetz, Jon Hamm, Pearl Amanda Dickson and Ellen Burstyn.

The Fox Searchlight Pictures film is loosely based on Lisa Nowak’s reported criminal activities around her romantic involvement with fellow astronaut William Oefelein. Nowak flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in July 2006, but the following year, she was charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Cpt. Colleen Shipman, who also had an affair with Oefelein. Nowak ultimately pled guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to a year’s probation.

Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Hawley and John Cameron are producing, while Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi wrote the screenplay alongside Hawley.

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