Fellow arachnophobes, look away now! Granted, the production team on “Spaceman” has taken great pains to depict Paul Dano’s ethereal spider character as cute and harmlessly as possible, but that matters little compared to the primordial instinct we have to run the other way when confronted by giant, eight-legged monsters. In fact, that seems to be the entire point behind director Johan Renck’s (best known for directing HBO’s harrowing “Chernobyl” miniseries) latest film, written by Colby Day and based on the 2017 novel “Spaceman of Bohemia” by author Jaroslav Kalfař. Because when we’re at the absolute end of our rope, who better to help out than some ancient, enigmatic entity with origins dating to the beginning of time itself?
“Spaceman” stars Adam Sandler as the eponymous astronaut, along with a very limited cast made up of Paul Dano voicing the creature known as Hanuš and Carey Mulligan as his Earthbound wife Lenka. They’ll be joined by Kunal Nayyar, Lena Olin, and Isabella Rossellini. “Spaceman” blasts off on Netflix March 1, 2024. You can check out the official synopsis below.
Six months into a solitary research mission to the edge of the solar system, an astronaut, Jakub (Adam Sandler), realizes that the marriage he left behind might not be waiting for him when he returns to Earth. Desperate to fix things with his wife, Lenka (Carey Mulligan), he is helped by a mysterious creature from the beginning of time he finds hiding in the bowels of his ship. Hanuš (voiced by Paul Dano) works with Jakub to make sense of what went wrong before it is too late.