George Clooney is set to star in his first movie role since Money Monster in 2016.
The 59-year-old will play Augustine Lofthouse in The Midnight Sky for Netflix, a film in which he also serves as director and executive producer.
This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, who believes he is the last man on earth until he finds a child named Iris (Caoilinn Springall). Augustine takes it upon himself to look after Iris and also finds himself in a race to stop Sully (Felicity Jones, Rogue One) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
Also starring David Oyelowo (Selma), Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Demián Bichir (The Hateful 8) and Tiffany Boone (Hunters) and introducing Caoilinn Springall, The Midnight Sky will be released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, as well as in selected cinemas from December 2020.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Clooney called the movie “science fiction”.
“It’s science fiction, which unfortunately is less fictional as we move through the days,” he said. “The sickness of hate and the elements that come from that, battles and wars — that has been percolating for quite some time.”
The film is based on and inspired by Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed debut novel Good Morning, Midnight, and is the unforgettable story of two outsiders grappling with love, sacrifice, and regret at the end of the world. The book was named one of the ‘Best Books of 2016’ by the Chicago Review of Books.