Back in October, I was contacted by a publicity team regarding a potential set visit for a film titled The Space Between Us. I love set visits, so it doesn't take much to sell me on them, but when I found out that the movie starred Britt Robertson, Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino (whom I will never stop thinking of as Chica Barnfell), I was like GAME ON Y'ALL.
And then something crazy happened. The publicity team sent me the script. That might not sound like a big deal, but it's actually a rare occurrence, and I took full advantage of this anomaly to acquaint myself with the characters before meeting the people who play them. So I can say, with some degree of authority, that this is an insanely well cast movie.
You don't even need the script to know that I'm speaking the truth--just check out the official synopsis:
In this interplanetary adventure, 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 – 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. 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.
Sounds intriguing, right? And can you picture anyone else more suited to playing a slightly "alien" human than Asa Butterfield? Or a gal with more pluck (and beauty, hello gorgeous!) than Britt Robertson?
Having met both of them on the set, I can personally attest to Asa's unearthly blue eyes (we're talking piercing lasers) and Britt's candid charm. I can't imagine anyone not having chemistry with either of them, so when you put 'em together, there's sparks for days. Even the sterile halls of a high school can't dampen their frisson, and that's exactly where they were filming on the day of our visit.
Still better, they were filming at a high school...with classes in session. There were bells ringing, teens rushing in and out of class and basically, the atmosphere felt legit, because it was legit. It was downright impossible to distinguish between the actual students and the extras playing students.
I'll save most of the details of that set visit for a post closer to the fillm's release (which is July 29, 2016), but I will tell you that we were lucky enough to watch them film the scene when Asa and Britt's characters first meet in person, and it was great--funny, tense, emotional, real. It only made me more excited to see the finished product, which combines two of my great loves: teen romance and sci-fi.
So keep your eye on this one, y'all, and stay tuned for more scoop, because I think it's gonna be an out of this world cinematic experience (and because I have several more terrible space puns I want to use).