Daphne du Maurier’s chilling novel, Rebecca, has been adapted into a star-studded movie. Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman will star in Ryan Murphy’s musical, The Prom. And we’re loving the recent release of Lena Waithe’s 2020 Sundance Film Festival winning movie, The Forty-Year-Old Version.
The streaming service has just announced another addition to its Netflix Original Film cannon: George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky. And, although it’s not exactly a film that screams festive cheer, the movie is going to arrive on the platform just in time for Christmas.
What is The Midnight Sky about?
This post-apocalyptic tale is an adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight.
The story follows Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone also star in the cast.
Explaining why the story feels timely, Clooney recently told Vanity Fair: “The sickness of hate and the elements that come from that, battles and wars—that has been percolating for quite some time.
“There’s the sadness [in the film] of what man is capable of doing to man and how easily it can just be taken away.”
Referring to the West Coast wildfires, he added: “The picture we show of earth [in the movie] doesn’t look that much different than the satellite pictures of the West Coast right now.
“It’s science fiction, which unfortunately is less fictional as we move through the days.”
Watch the trailer for The Midnight Sky
We can see Arctic-based scientist Augustine trying to make contact with Ether, a spaceship captained by Sully that hasn’t received any update from mission control in three weeks.
“I have to warn them about the conditions on Earth,” Augustine tells a little girl – who we don’t know the identity of – as we’re shown shots of a post-apocalyptic world that “started with a mistake”.
They then decide to venture through the blistering cold to reach a stronger antenna in order to deliver their message to the astronauts before their return.
It looks emotional, dramatic and a little bit spine-chilling. That’s why we’ll definitely be watching.
When is The Midnight Sky released?
The Mignight Sky will be available to watch on Netflix on 23 December. In the meantime, we have plenty of entertainment to get through on these cold, dark nights.
Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…