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First trailer for ‘The Space Between Us’ teases a planet-hopping, sci-fi love story

Earlier this year, we included The Space Between Us on a list of lesser-known movies hitting theaters in 2016 that you might want to keep on your radar. The first trailer for the sci-fi drama arrived online this week, and offers a nice preview of what we can expect from the movie’s love story, which spans the distance from Earth to Mars.

Directed by Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance?, Serendipity), The Space Between Us chronicles the journey of the first human born on Mars as he attempts to travel to Earth after spending the first 16 years of his life on a scientific research base. Raised by scientists after his astronaut mother dies in childbirth, an online romance with a teenage girl in Colorado prompts him to undertake a dangerous trip to the planet where his mother was born — a world he only knows through the Internet and the various astronauts who make the trip to Mars.

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The film casts Ender’s Game and Hugo star Asa Butterfield as Gardner Elliot, the boy born on Mars, and Tomorrowland actress Britt Robertson as the teenage girl on Earth who Gardner develops an online relationship with from the far-off planet. The supporting cast includes Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Carla Gugino (Night at the MuseumWatchmen), BD Wong (Jurassic World), and Janet Montgomery (Black Swan).

The film is based on a screenplay penned by 21 and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps writer Allan Loeb, from a story written by Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis, and Loeb.

Filmed almost entirely in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Space Between Us is scheduled to hit theaters August 19.