The trailer for The Space Between Us looks more magical than you might imagine from its premise, and while it probably isn’t something that will capitalize on the “Award Effort” release date (12/21), there are a lot of people who are really going to fall in love with this one.

Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) was born on Mars, his mother being an astronaut who died on the red planet giving birth to him. He’s had the most sheltered life ever, growing up only knowing 14 people, and having no option to know any more, but he has recently made a new friend, Tulsa (Britt Robertson), through the magic of, apparently, planet-to-planet video chat.

While the idea of visiting Earth, and seeing more people, are huge draws, what Gardner really wants is to try to find his father.

The film can’t even get through its own trailer without bogging down a bit in its own shtick (Gardner seems not to know what a horse is), but the themes behind this one open a lot of doors, and this could really be a winner if its smart enough to focus a lot of its attention on Tulsa.

Check this one out, and let us know what you think.

The Space Between Us Trailer - (L to R) ASA BUTTERFIELD and BRITT ROBERTSON star in THE SPACE BETWEEN US.
Photo Credit: Peter Chelsom © 2016 STX Productions,

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.



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