Two of Hollywood’s hottest stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt came to Beijing to promote their new film “Passengers” on Saturday and shared their “love story” in space.
I always like the genre of science fiction, but this is not what I loved so much about the movie when I read the script,” the “Hunger Game” actress said at a Beijing press conference, “What I loved is about these two people in a doomed but beautiful love story.” She added she also loved the exciting action scenes of the movie.
The movie tells a story of the Starship Avalon, on its 120-year voyage to a distant colony-planet known as “Homestead II” and is transporting 5,259 people. Two people, journalist Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) and mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wake up 90 years early from arrival at their destination and soon discover that they fall in love but will have to undertake a mission to save the whole spaceship.
Pratt, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star, said he was attracted to the project due to “how original the story was and how daring and provocative the ideas were for the science fiction genre. I love the challenges it poses for all audience that watch it, to question themselves and how they would react in the situation. “
The film is produced by Sony/Columbia Pictures with Chinese giant Wanda Pictures also involved. The film is directed by Morten Tyldum who was nominated for best director for “The Imitation Game.”
Lawrence and Pratt were presented gifts at Beijing’s promotional event, including “dragon” and “phoenix” silk night robes and a four-piece bedding set as well as a space panda, which led them to hilariously say “we are married in Beijing,” before they yelled the Chinese phrase “gong xi fa cai” (Wish you make good fortune) to greet the Chinese people.
“Passengers” will be released in North America and other markets starting from Dec. 21. The Chinese release date has yet to be decided but will likely be early next year.