Colin Farrell is about to boldly go where many, many people in shows and movies have gone before. That’s right, he’s heading off into space. But this voyage looks a little different than things we’ve seen in the past when it comes to the genre. While the setting is most definitely not of this Earth, the circumstances and the story don’t look exactly like your standard science-fiction fare. Check out the first trailer for Voyagers:
Voyagers looks like it starts as your typical, shot into space movie. There are a group of young astronauts/ passengers who’ve been launched into orbit to seek out a new home planet for humans. But because young people always screw stuff like this up, the entire mission devolves pretty damn quickly. From the trailer, it looks like the young group figures out they are being drugged with impulse inhibitors. When they stop taking those doses, all hell breaks loose with, apparently only Colin Farrell there to reign in the group.
While Colin Farrell looks like he offers a quasi-adult presence to the movie, everyone else is in full hedonism mode when things really start ramping up. Joining Farrell in the cast is Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones). These folks end up throwing a space party the likes of which we have never seen before, reverting to their base instincts while also being “stuck” in a place. It might be like a futuristic college fraternity party when it’s all said and done.
Voyagers is written and directed by Neil Burger. He and Colin Farrell haven’t worked together in the past, but the former has a bunch of other slickly-produced films on his resume. Those include Limitless with Bradley Cooper and Divergent as well. His films have a certain style to them though in the past have been a little light on the story. From this trailer, it does look like they lean heavily into cutaways to describe the feelings of these youth and their animalistic nature. It will be interesting to see how it plays out as a feature-length film.
This film was supposed to have been released last fall in November, but pandemic-related theater delays pushed it back to April 9th of this year. Other than Voyagers, Colin Farrell is pretty busy with a run of shows and films over the next couple of years. First, he’ll star as Henry Drax in the BBC miniseries The North Water. It’s a psychological thriller with Farrell playing a deranged psycho in the Arctic.
That’s not all for Colin Farrell. There’s also After Yang directed by Kogonada about parents raising a robot baby. It’s not a comedy, but instead a science-fiction drama about the ever-increasing overlap between humans and technology. And of course, he’s set to play Oswald Cobblepot/ The Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. But before all of that Colin Farrell is set to blast into space with a bunch of hormonal and angsty young adults. Sounds like a true horror film.