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