‘The Space Between Us’ Trailer: Asa Butterfield is Raised on Mars

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Image: STX Entertainment
Image: STX Entertainment

STX Entertainment has unveiled the first trailer for The Space Between Us, a coming-of-age sci-fi drama starring Asa Butterfield as a boy raised on Mars.

Butterfield plays Gardner Elliot, a sixteen-year-old boy that was born on Mars. His mother, pregnant at the time, was one of the astronauts on the mission to colonize the red planet. Now, after quite the unconventional upbringing, Gardner heads to Earth, where he escapes the team of scientists he’s been placed with and heads on a race against time with Tulsa (Britt Robertson), the girl he had previously only met online.

It’s hard to tell if this trailer gives away too much, but it sure looks like it might. There’s plenty of footage on display here, showing our boy’s origins, his wonder at the sights on Earth, his unfolding relationship with Tulsa, and the fact his body might not be able to last on this environment. Still, the film looks sweet, and there’s a good cast on board to bring this tear-jerker, teen twist on The Martian to life.

The Space Between Us, also starring Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino and BD Wong, will be hitting the U.S. on August 19.

Synopsis for The Space Between Us:

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.

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