The Space Between Us UK Release Date Pushed to February, Asa Butterfield is Born on Mars in First Trailer

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The Space Between Us UK Release Date Set for AugustThree years after leading sci-fi blockbuster Ender’s Game, Asa Butterfield is back in a sci-fi setting this summer. The Space Between Us UK release date has been scheduled for mid-August, and STX has launched the first trailer to give us a glimpse of what to expect.

With its sci-fi premise and the summer slot previously locked in the States, I was definitely expecting more of a blockbuster movie out of this one. But this first trailer suggests it’s going to be way more of a coming-of-age affair than that, and credit to STX for having the guts to market it that way. If they’d wanted to, they probably could have played up the sci-fi elements a lot more. But clearly this isn’t that kind of movie, and they’re putting their money where their mouth is and standing by the film this is.

It’s good to see that The Space Between Us UK release date has been set for the same date as the US. It’s not the kind of film that we normally see at the end of summer, on either side of the Atlantic, and I’m very keen to see how it plays out. Pete’s Dragon the week before will be the biggest direct competition. And if that ends up skewing quite young (and it looks like it might), then this could make traction among the 8-15 bracket.

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.

Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong, and Janet Montgomery complete the leading line-up alongside Butterfield.

Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) directs from a script by Allan Loeb (21).

[UPDATE:]

We were originally expecting this YA sci-fi drama to hit cinemas on August 19th in the UK. However, the US release has moved back to December, boldly going opposite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. EFD has made the wise decision not to move The Space Between Us UK release date to December 16th as well. Instead, they’ll be releasing the film on our shores in February. It will now open opposite The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker. That’s a tough crowd to beat, but its chances of success are probably better than going up against Star Wars.

The Space Between Us UK release date is now set for February 10th. It opens in the US on December 16th.

The Space Between Us Poster - Asa Butterfield

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