George Clooney has developed a sneakily impressive portfolio of lead roles in futuristic space adventure flicks, stretching from the 2002 movie 'Solaris' to the Oscar-nominated 'Gravity' from 2015.
His upcoming Netflix directorial debut 'The Midnight Sky,' in which he also plays an Antarctica-based scientist named Augustine Lofthouse who's simultaneously battling cancer and trying to establish communications with a group of astronauts to prevent them from returning home to a post-apocalyptic existence on Earth, builds on that experience.
"It’s a tricky thing because half of it's 'Gravity' and the other half of it’s 'The Revenant, "Clooney said to Vanity Fair, speaking about the plot. "And they’re not natural fits, so it was a constant balancing act."
Indeed, the screenplay was written by Mark L. Smith, who penned 'The Revenant.' The film is adapted from the 2016 novel 'Good Morning, Midnight' by Lily Brooks-Dalton.
Fans can also expect Clooney to be "looking closer" to 70 years old than he ever has before, partially due to the huge gray beard covering his face. "I don’t look so good," he said. "I’m not even 60 yet, but the character is 70. Unfortunately, I’m looking closer to that. I’ve always looked a little older, but now I really look like I am."
'The Midnight Sky' arrives on Dec. 23.