Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are starbound lovers in new pics for Passengers

Things have been kind of quiet around the Passengers marketing camp, but now we've got the first images of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, courtesy of our friends at EW.

The sci-fi odyssey centers around a starship en route to the Homestead II colony in deep space, carrying 5,000 souls, all peacefully snoozing in cryosleep when a pair of crew members accidentally wakes up in mid-journey after a mechanical failure.  It's still cool to see Pratt suited up in a sleek spaceship not called the Milano, and it definitely sparks some geeky anticipation of next year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  But before that, he and Lawrence will try to fix their ailing vessel while developing an out-of-this-world love affair in between vital engine repairs.

Here's the official synopsis:

On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

Wish Jennifer Lawrence a happy 26th birthday today, then have a peek at this provocative pair of new images from Passengers and let us know if this outer-space adventure might be a sweet holiday treat.

Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) shot the ambitious film from an original screenplay by Prometheus scribe John Spaihts.  In an interview with EW, Tyldum stressed the importance of retaining a sense of humanity and intimacy amid the grand scale of the story.

“It’s one of those stories that really grabs you and you fall in love with it. It’s very smart and funny and clever and such a page turner I couldn’t put it down. Every 10 pages, something new happens! At the same time it’s a very intimate movie while taking place on this epic scale. For me, it’s a story about what’s important to live a full life. What are the things we need as humans? It’s not afraid to entertain but at the same time it asks big questions about what does it mean to really feel happy. Every generation has its love story. I feel like this is it. I had to do it.”

Also starring Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Aurora Perrineau, Sony Picture's Passengers lands in multiplexes on Dec. 21.

(Via Collider)

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