“It’s science fiction, which unfortunately gets less fictional as the days go by,” Clooney said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “The disease of hatred and the elements that flow from it, battles and wars – which have been going on for some time. ”
Clooney plays Augustine Lofthouse, a scientist living in Antarctica who believes himself to be the last man alive on Earth until he finds a child named Iris (Caoilinn Springall). He finds himself obliged to take care of the girl as he also takes it upon himself to contact the space crew and inform them of the disappearance of humanity.
Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir round out the film’s star roster, as the five actors play the small crew aboard NASA’s Aether spacecraft. The crew’s journey into space in the hope of reconnecting with a radio-silent Earth forms the other half of the story.
Despite the tragedy at the center of “The Midnight Sky,” Clooney said he sees the film as having a silver lining.
“I wanted it to be about redemption,” he says. “I wanted there to be some hope in a pretty dark story about the end of humanity. ”
“The Midnight Sky” hits Netflix on December 23. Watch the trailer below.