'Tomorrow War' release date, trailer, cast, plot of Chris Pratt's new sci-fi

Sci-fi fans will want to keep this one on their radar.

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Chris Pratt is taking a break from the MCU following Avengers: Endgame so he can mix it up with some new projects. On the horizon for Pratt is a new Pixar movie, Onward, and The Tomorrow War. Pratt has posted sneak peeks from set which suggest this is a movie sci-fi fans will want to keep on their radar.

Here’s what we know so far about Chris Pratt’s next big movie.

When will The Tomorrow War be released?

The Tomorrow War is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2020. So far, production is right on track with filming still happening as of December 2019. That should mean we won’t see the release date pushed back in the future.

When will the Tomorrow War trailer be released?

Since The Tomorrow War is coming out during the 2020 holiday season, it’s likely the first trailer will arrive sometime during the summer. Given the scope of the project it’s possible a trailer could debut at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Movies in the same vein as The Tomorrow War, like 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, have also dropped trailers at SDCC.

Who is directing The Tomorrow War?

Chris McKay will direct, and previously worked with Pratt on The Lego Movie. McKay’s past work has mostly been comedy, including The Lego Batman Movie, Robot Chicken: Star Wars III, and Moral Orel. It seems like McKay is slowly expanding his wheelhouse, though, because after The Tomorrow War, he’s attached to Nightwing movie and a Johnny Quest movie, both of which in the early stages of production.

Who is starring in The Tomorrow War alongside Chris Pratt?

In addition to Pratt, the movie stars Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Betty Gilpin (GLOW), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Alias), Sam Richardson (Veep), Edwin Hodge (The Purge: Anarchy), Jasmine Matthews (Blue Bloods), and Felisha Terrell (Teen Wolf).

As of December 2019, the cast and crew were filming in Iceland. Pratt shared a look at some of the scenery with his Instagram followers. In the video, we not only get a glimpse of the snowy exterior but Simmons and McKay, too.

What is the plot of The Tomorrow War?

The specifics of The Tomorrow War plot remain a mystery, but we do have a basic idea of what to expect. The Tomorrow War tells the story of a husband and father (Chris Pratt) drafted into a war against invading aliens. It seems like this man will bring a unique skillset to the table involving the past.

In August, Deadline said the plot of The Tomorrow War is about “a husband and father who is drafted to fight a future war in which the fate of humanity may rely on his ability to correct issues of the past.” Meanwhile, on the movie’s IMDb page, the plot is listed as: “A man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past.”

It seems like Pratt’s character will have issues he must work through, or he might be literally going into the past to fix certain events. It might even be mix of the two.

In December, Pratt shared a look at the concept art for The Tomorrow War, including clothing, aircraft, and most likely key shots. It doesn’t seem to be too spoilery, so take a look below.

Is The Tomorrow War based on anything?

As far as I can tell, The Tomorrow War is a completely original idea based on nothing but the screenwriter’s imagination. That screenwriter would be Zach Dean, who is also responsible for writing Deadfall, starring Eric Bana and 24 Hours to Live, starring Ethan Hawke.

Why is it called The Tomorrow War?

Glad you asked; there’s an interesting story to that part. So, originally, The Tomorrow War was titled “Ghost Draft.” In a November Instagram post, Pratt acknowledged that title “Ghost Draft” was “problematic.”

He chose to have some fun with revealing the new title in the same post, throwing out joke names like “World War A.” In the end, “The Tomorrow War” won out.

The Tomorrow War will be released on December 25, 2020.

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