THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE
How many of us have wondered that very same question about a spouse, a lover, a family member
How many of us have wondered that very same
question about a spouse, a lover, a family member? Paranoia and
doubt about the people closest to us is normal, psychologists
say, born out of a fear of having our trust and hearts broken.
But what if your deepest, darkest psychological terrors about
the people you care about actually came true? What if the love
of your life suddenly became the most diabolical fear of all life?
This is the nightmare faced by Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron,
the lovers at the heart of Rand Ravich's heart-stopping suspense
thriller The Astronaut's Wife, which probes deep into the psychology
of fear, the fragility of trust and the fascination with the inhuman.
Depp is Spencer Armacost, a brave, charming fly-boy turned astronaut
hero who is beloved by the nation and seemingly beyond reproach.
Theron is Jillian Armacost, a school-teacher, devoted wife and
sensitive soul who has had her tough times but has always stood
by her husband's side. Everything in their world seems close to
American perfection until Spencer returns from an aborted space
mission during which he experienced two minutes so terrifying
that he refuses to talk about it, instead focusing enthusiastically
on Jillian's unexpected pregnancy with twins.
Soon, Jillian is slowly being led by her doctors, her friends,
and the man she loves more than anything into a woman's worst
nightmare - and the growing suspicion that her husband and her
pregnancy have taken on a fiendish nature. But is it just the
normal anxieties of pregnancy or something far more insidious
The struggle to discern the difference between imaginary terrors
and unbearable, other wordly realities keeps Jillian in its grips,
as the future of her marriage and possibly the fate of humankind
hang in the balance.
Rand Ravich, who previously wrote the screenplay for Candyman,
makes his directorial debut with this film that takes several
classic thriller trajectories in new directions.
"I wanted to write a story that would carry the audience
along on an impending sense of doom," says Ravich. "In
The Astronaut's Wife the audience enters the terror of
Jillian Armacost, who senses something unnatural is taking over
her life and pregnancy - and the one person she loves is at the
center of it."
Explains producer Andrew Lazar: "I immediately saw this as
a story that revives the intense, sophisticated psychological
horror movie that gets under your skin. I think what really sets
it apart is that it's not just a very scary movie - it's a tragic
and passionate love story about a romance that goes terribly wrong,
that becomes something terrifying, evoking our most basic and
Lazar found himself captivated by Rand Ravich's edge-of-your-seat,
who-can-you-trust fantasy, which delved deeper and deeper into
the emotional experience of love's flip side: apprehension and
frenzy. "The story keeps you constantly guessing as to who
people really are - what is real and what is not," he explains.
"You can't be sure if what Jillian Armacost is going through
is just her own internal nightmare or something far worse. Up
until the last moment, you are caught up in her desperate anxiety,
until the shocking truth is revealed."
Executive producer Mark Johnson saw The Astronaut's Wife
as a movie that defies classification and expectations. "It's
a love story, a space story and a horror story - but it's really
about unpredictability," says Johns
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