The film is produced by Ben Browning for FilmNation Entertainment, Lynda Obst, and Ann Druyan, with Andrew Garfield playing astronomer Carl Sagan and Daisy Edgar-Jones playing Cosmos filmmaker Ann Druyan.
The film is set in 1977 as NASA prepared to launch humanity’s first interstellar probes, and a team led by Sagan set out to create a message to accompany them: The Golden Record.
What starts out as a race-against-the-clock mission becomes an epic, unexpected love story between Sagan and his collaborator Druyan.
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FilmNation Entertainment paired Druyan with screenwriters Lelio and Jessica Goldberg, who wrote the original screenplay based on interviews with Druyan and many others who worked on the Golden Record project.
Lelio is no stranger to critical acclaim, having most recently co-written and directed The Wonder, starring Florence Pugh for Netflix, which was nominated for Outstanding British Film of the Year at last year’s BAFTA.
Garfield, meanwhile, is currently in production on John Crowley’s We Live In Time, in which he stars alongside Florence Pugh. He most recently starred opposite Edgar-Jones in FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven, which earned Garfield his first Emmy nomination and Edgar-Jones her second Golden Globe nom.
Edgar-Jones, for her part, received rave reviews for her breakout performance in the Emmy-nominated series Normal People based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel.
Druyan, a producer on the project, was the creative director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message Project, which created The Golden Record.
The Record was a message for any extraterrestrial civilizations that might discover one of the two Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. The Record contains sounds and images from Earth, as well as greetings in 55 languages.
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Voyagers promises to be an exciting film, blending science and romance in a unique way. It will be interesting to see how Lelio, Goldberg, and Druyan bring this story to life, and how Garfield and Edgar-Jones embody their roles as Sagan and Druyan.
With FilmNation Entertainment set to launch global sales at the Cannes Market, it looks like Voyagers is already off to a great start