Passengers stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt were on hand to present a never-before-seen sneak peek of the upcoming release at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
During the Sony panel the in-demand stars and Sony Pictures chairman, Tom Rothman, gushed about the film, which they forecasted will be a huge success once it hits theaters on December 21, 2016.
Passengers is the story of a Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt), who are part of a group of people who volunteer to travel in “hibernation pods” for 120 years to a distant colony planet. However there is a malfunction in the spaceship carrying the pods, and both Aurora’s and Jim’s pods open before they have arrived at their destination.
The duo shared a little information about their characters, who could not be more different from one another, but if Paula Abdul taught us anything it’s that opposites attract, so this sci-fi flick will have some romance as well.
“My character is a writer in New York, and she wants to be one of the first people to make the 120-year journey to another planet and come back and write about it,” stated Lawrence, adding that her character is very ambitious.
Then Pratt explained that Jim Preston, his character in the film, is a mechanic who enjoys fixing things, further commenting, “He uses his hands. But in the world we live in, when something breaks, you don’t fix something, you buy a new one. So he’s become obsolete and wants to travel to a distant planet, to a new world and distant future, hoping he’ll be useful.”
The footage showed Pratt’s Jim waking up and figuring out what had happened, only to understand that he would probably spend the rest of his life alone - with a robot bartender played by Martin Sheen - in the spaceship. A year later, Aurora’s pod opens and she joins Jim. At first the pair doesn’t see eye to eye but soon after, they start to enjoy the perks of being alone in the empty spacecraft and are drawn to each other (of course they are, have you seen those two?).
After a while they feel that they need to get out of the spaceship, so they hatch a plan to try and escape by floating into space, however they have no idea what will happen and even if they’ll survive. The clip ends with Pratt’s character being hurled out into dark space. Dun dun dun….
The audience, filled with theater owners, responded to the sneak peek with thunderous applause. The stars and Rothman detailed how proud they all are of the film, with Rothman even quipping, “let’s see Netflix do that.”
It’s important to note the great deal of chemistry Pratt and Lawrence displayed on stage, laughing, bantering, and ribbing each other. This is key for this type of movie, which is basically carried by the pair. As there is not a large ensemble cast, if the wrong actors were chosen a film like this would be a disaster. Thankfully that is, clearly, not the case and Passengers appears to be a can’t-miss film come Christmastime.
Jon Spaihts, who also has under his belt Prometheus and the upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange, wrote Passengers’ screenplay. The film is directed by Oscar-nominated Norwegian director, Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).