Lucy in the Sky first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2019, and it was theatrically released on October 2, 2019. This science-fiction drama film was co-written and directed by Noah Hawley and produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures. In fact, this film is Hawley's feature directorial debut which will star Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Bee, Dan Stevens, Colman Domingo, and Ellen Burstyn. It will center on the life of astronaut Lucy Cola who returns to Earth after a lengthy space mission where she begins an affair and then starts to lose connection with the reality.
Did you know the original title of Lucy in the Sky was Pale Blue Dot? The title Pale Blue Dot was in the original script, and so they all thought that the movie would be called that. But, Carl Sagan estate has trademarked the phrase. Sagan's widow claimed she didn't want to tie the phrase to the movie since it is meaningful to many people. Consequently, the title changed to Lucy in the Sky. It says that it is most likely a nod to The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Moreover, the original script was written with the idea of Reese Witherspoon to star in the film. However, Witherspoon had to drop out of the project since she got busy with Big Little Lies and an Apple show. Eventually, Natalie Portman took over the role of Lucy Cola.
Interestingly, the film is loosely based on the former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak story after returning home from her first space mission. It follows Nowak's criminal activities and romantic involvement with co-astronaut William Oefelein. Film director Noah Hawley explained that it never came to his mind to literally tell the story of Nowak. In fact, the former NASA employee had no involvement in the Fox Searchlight project. So if you are expecting to see diapers in this film, think again. If you don't know, Nowak used government-issued diapers to minimize pit stops on her long drive to Orlando. The purpose of that drive is to confront a U.S Air Force engineer who was sleeping with Oefelein. And so the diapers became infamous and turned her into a tabloid headline. So why aren't they part of the movie? Well, Hawley said that detail didn't fit into the story they want. Don't worry, Lucy in the Sky movie is still worth a watch.
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