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I.S.S.: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Everything about the Sci-Fi Film Starring Ariana DeBose

The new sci-fi thriller I.S.S. is set to hit theaters on January 19th, 2024. Starring Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose, I.S.S. takes place aboard the International Space Station and follows the escalating tensions between American and Russian astronauts after conflict breaks out back on Earth.

With its backing from successful production company Bleecker Street and an acclaimed director in Gabriela Cowperthwaite, I.S.S. is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated sci-fi films of 2024. Here is everything we know so far about the galactic thriller I.S.S.:

I.S.S. Release Date

I.S.S. will launch into theaters on January 19th, 2024. This slots it as one of the first major releases of the new year.

While no official UK release date has been set yet, the film will initially debut in the US and Canada. More international release dates are expected to be announced soon.

I.S.S. Cast

The film cast is led by Ariana DeBose as Dr. Rose Diaz, one of the American astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Fresh off her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, DeBose is fast becoming one of the most sought-after actresses working today.

DeBose is joined on the American side of the station by John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) as Commander John Foster and Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) as NASA representative David Hoffman.

On the Russian side, the cosmonauts are portrayed by Maria Mashkova (For All Mankind) as Commander Tatyana Kirilov, Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones) as Sergei Andreyev, and Costa Ronin (Homeland) as Viktor Dubrov.

With this international ensemble, the interplay and tensions between the American and Russian crews will likely drive much of the drama in I.S.S.

I.S.S. Plot

The official synopsis for this film sets up a thriller in the vein of Cold War-era space race films:

“Tensions flare shortly aboard the International Space Station (I.S.S.) as a worldwide conflict breaks out on Earth. As the US and Russian astronauts reel, orders come down from above for them to seize control of the station by any means necessary..”

This premise leaves lots of room for suspenseful Zero-G action sequences and philosophical debates about humanity and politics. With conflict ramping up on Earth, the multi-national astronauts struggle to work together amidst their now warring nations.

I.S.S. comes from first-time feature screenwriter Nick Shafir and director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish, Megan Leavey). Cowperthwaite has proven adept at crafting both documentaries and narrative films across a range of genres. Her deft hand will likely elevate the project from a B-movie space thriller to a more contemplative drama.

I.S.S. Trailer

The first trailer for this film certainly plays up the suspense angle. Set to a slow rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, the teaser shows the astronauts reacting to dire news from Earth interspersed with scenes of their camaraderie aboard the station.

There are some great visuals of the stars and Earth from space, as well as the astronauts moving in zero-G. The trailer does a great job establishing the international ensemble and the initial conflicts they’ll have to overcome.

Early Reviews

I.S.S. screened at several film festivals in the latter half of 2023. Early critical reactions have been overwhelmingly positive so far.

It is currently sitting at a 92% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the film as an entertaining sci-fi thriller that also provides insightful commentary on global relations.

Many reviews singled out DeBose’s lead performance as the emotional core of the film. They also complimented the film’s impressive production design and visual effects.

The Verdict

With its talented cast, seasoned director, and engaging premise, I.S.S. promises to be an exciting space-set film that also has something meaningful to say. Early buzz paints it as an enjoyable thriller that rises above expectations.

For sci-fi fans, I.S.S.’s international space station locale should provide a fresh backdrop. And with awards contender Ariana DeBose as the lead, expect riveting drama amongst the orbiting action.

I.S.S. launches into theaters on January 19th, 2024. Be sure to check back here for more updates as its release approaches!

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