The Tomorrow War promises to put a new spin on an old movie cliche. You know the one, the world is under attack by a mysterious and powerful alien species. Lowly humans finding new and creative ways to stave off what happens when those ETs start to get a hankering for what Earth has to offer. Sometimes it’s attacking their motherships. Sometimes it’s developing space fleets to go toe-to-toe. A few times they’ve hoped the aliens can’t actually live on Earth and just die. Heck we even have an infinite time loop scenario on the books.
In The Tomorrow War humans take a different tactic, developing technology to bring back super soldiers of the past to fight off the current threat. It sounds like a military fantasy draft of sorts, with a cast of characters brought into the mix with their own particular set of skills.
Here’s everything we know about The Tomorrow War so far.
THE PEOPLE MAKING THE TOMORROW WAR
Chris McKay is making his live-action directing debut with The Tomorrow War. His other work exists mostly in the animated world, first getting a breakthrough as a film editor on the major hit The LEGO Movie. This led to a chance at directing the sequel The LEGO Batman Movie which hit over $175 million at the box office and crushed with critics. And as a producer he’s had his hand in the other two LEGO movies as well.
The Tomorrow War will offer a new challenge, bringing all the high action, high intensity, big production value to a live-action setting. McKay’s other works have been well-received and creative so it stands to reason he pulls it off, but this does mark a big shift.
Meanwhile, Dubuque has creator/ writer credits with Netflix’s Ozark but also penned The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck, Gerard Butler’s Headhunter’s Calling and the Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall film the Judge. It’s worth noting that all three were relative critical disappointments, scoring 52%, 13% and 48% respectively on the Tomatometer.
For the two of them, it’s lackluster returns now on a handful of scripts which does have a bit concerned on this latest one which could have a lot of moving parts.
The Cast of The Tomorrow War
If The Tomorrow War‘s script-writing credits are a bit *meh*, the cast is anything but. Chris Pratt has lead billing as Red Mitchell, one of the super-soldiers brought back to fight this alien scourge. If it was hard to picture Andy from Parks and Recreation as an action star, Chris Pratt has clearly dispelled any of that with big-budget turns in the Avengers/ Guardians of the Galaxy franchises as well as Jurassic World reboot.
Joining Pratt on the alien elimination mission is Yvonne Strahovski who plays Serena Waterford on The Handmaid’s Tale. She plays Vicki Winslow and potential love interest for Pratt’s character.
There’s also Betty Gilpin who had a role in Netflix’s GLOW and who in The Tomorrow War will play another of the aforementioned soldiers.
And finally, J.K. Simmons will also have a role as Pratt’s father in The Tomorrow War. He rounds out a great cast which also includes comedian Theo Von, Veep’s Sam Richardson and Love’s Mike Mitchell.
Outside of the original description, very little is known about the smaller details of The Tomorrow War. Chris Pratt shared a full pic of the fighters on his Instagram last November and it looks like an intimidating crew.
The Tomorrow War’s star also posted some on location shots from Iceland which is one of the settings for the film.
But beyond that, we know very little else. What technology or functionality is able to bring these fighters from the past? What is the core of the alien threat? What kind of weapons (beyond, you know, time travel) will the humans and aliens and employ? There’s a lot to answer here and initial trailers, which haven’t come out yet, should serve to give us a much better glimpse of The Tomorrow War world and Chris Pratt’s place in it.
Originally set to release around Christmas of 2020, The Tomorrow War has now been moved to a summer box office date of July 23, 2021 because of theater scheduling delays due to Covid-19. So we have some time before we see Chris Pratt and his band of fighters. But things are definitely lining up for this to be a big screen blockbuster.