Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar Jones to Star in Carl Sagan Biopic – The Hollywood Reporter
Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar Jones have signed on to star TravelersDirector Sebastien Lelio’s biopic about the true love story of celebrated astronomer Carl Sagan and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ann Druyan.
Ben Browning produces Travelers from FilmNation Entertainment, along with Druyan and Lynda Obst. FilmNation will begin worldwide sales of the upcoming project at the Cannes Film Market later this month.
The film takes place in 1977 as NASA prepares to launch the first interstellar human probes, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions. A team, led by Sagan, sets out to create a message to accompany them: the Golden Record, a collection of images and sounds meant to express the essence of humanity and action. It serves as a first-contact greeting for any galactic life that the tentacles may come across. . But what begins as a race against time becomes an epic and unexpected love story between Sagan and his sidekick, Daryan.
Lelio and Jessica Goldberg co-wrote the film’s screenplay Travelers Based on interviews with Druyan and others who worked on the Golden Record project.
As a nine-year-old growing up during the dictatorship in Chile, the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan TV series Cosmos “He had a profound effect on me, fueling my fascination with life’s biggest questions and mysteries,” Lilio said in a statement. “It’s a dream to make a movie about the Golden Record and its inspiring love story between Carl and Ann. I’m thrilled that Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar Jones will be at the center of this romantic saga set against the infinite backdrop of space and time.”
Druyan added: “Imagine falling madly, truly in love with one of the greatest humans who ever lived, while also creating a complex message about what it is to be alive, a golden record mounted on the first interstellar spacecraft launched by our species, navigating a galaxy.” The Milky Way long after Earth ceased to exist. It takes a movie to bring that mythical experience, that cosmic love story to vibrant life.”
Garfield and Edgar-Jones co-star in the FX limited series under the banner of heaven, for which Garfield earned his first Emmy Award nomination and Edgar Jones his second Golden Globe nomination. Double Oscar nominee – about Tick, Tick … Boom! (2022) and Hacksaw Ridge (2017) – Garfield is currently in production on the upcoming John Crowley movie We live in timestarring alongside Florence Pugh.
Edgar Jones, Hulu superstar Ordinary people (2020), starred at the box office last year Where the Cordads sing.
Lelio is represented by LARK, Entertainment 360, and Granderson Des Rochers; Garfield is represented by CAA, Gordon & French, ID, Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Edgar Jones is represented by UTA, Hamilton Hodell, Relevant, Public Eye Communications, Sloane, Offer, and Weber & Dern.; Goldberg is represented by United Talent Agency and attorney Jeff Frank. Obst is represented by Eric Suddleson at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson McGinnis Ryan LLP.