Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s upcoming sci-fi movie Passengers is heading to International Space Station.
Space.com reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with NASA yet again to show its new Passengers movie in microgravity. The company will send a digital version of the film, which will air on the orbiting laboratory’s 65-inch projection screen. This ISS screening follows the previously shown movies: Gravity (2013), Star Trek Beyond (2016) and The Martian (2015).
As part of Sony and NASA’s collaboration, Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt recorded a video about the possibility of a habitable exoplanet orbiting around every star in the sky. “NASA is exploring our solar system and far beyond to look for what one day could be a new home away from Earth,” Lawrence said.
Passengers tells a story of a group of humans inside a massive spaceship, taking a 120-year journey to a distant habitable planet. While the passengers are taken into a hibernation state to survive the long mission, two characters (which are played by Pratt and Lawrence) have waken up into a time 90 years too early, that forces them to endure their mishap.
“The movie is about the very real possibility of traveling to a new home around another star,” said Passengers producer Neal H. Moritz in a statement released by Sony. “It’s fascinating to discover the real science behind that – to see how astronomers are discovering exoplanets and finding ways that what we imagine could someday become a reality.”
Furthermore, NASA will also be participating in a panel discussion to be hosted by Sony with two of its scientists: NASA JPL scientist and exoplanet exploration expert Tiffany Kataria and SpaceWorks CEO John Bradford. They will be talking about the realistic science explored in the movie.
SpaceWorks is a company that studies on human hibernation for space travel. Meanwhile, NASA astronauts Garett Reisman, Nicole Stott and Michael Massimino will also grace the red carpet on the movie premiere.
Passengers will be shown on Dec. 21 in theaters worldwide.