The first tension-packed trailer for the Brad Pitt-starring sci-fi thriller Ad Astra has been released ahead of the much-anticipated film reaching cinemas in September.

Directed and co-written by James Gray (The Lost City of Z, The Yards), Ad Astra also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland and Liv Tyler.

Studio 20th Century Fox says: "Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.

"His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos."

Ad Astra opens in cinemas on Wednesday, September 18.

Pitt will next be seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It opens on Wednesday, August 14.

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