Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are teaming up for a romantic sci-fi drama

Space-set film Passengers is set to power ahead, with production beginning this September

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Two of Hollywood’s biggest box office stars – Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt – are set to act opposite one another in upcoming sci-fi film Passengers. The 24-year-old actress is poised to play the love interest of Pratt, 35, in the movie which is being likened to Gravity but with added romance. 

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The stars will be swapping dinosaurs, rebellions and their prospective fantasy franchises – The Hunger Games and recent smash hit Jurassic World – for a trip into outer space. 

Set on a spacecraft in the future, Passengers follows thousands of sleeping – you guessed it – passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant colony planet. A fault in one of the chambers results in one passenger being woken up 90 years before anyone else. Faced with growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.

Passengers has been moving around Hollywood for a good few years. At one point it was a Weinstein Company project with Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon attached, while Rachel McAdams has also been linked to the sci-fi story in the past. Since moving to Sony, the film has been in the works for a while without any leading stars attached, but with filming set to start this September, the filmmakers were reportedly keen to secure a deal. 

And the result is a good one for Lawrence, who, according to sources, is set to earn significantly more than her co-star – a reported $20 million for her part in the film compared with Pratt’s $12 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Passengers will be directed by The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum with Jon Spaihts, writer of Doctor Strange, penning the script.


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