Despite encountering initial turbulence when the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it out of its original theatrical release date, Neil Burger’s (Limitless, The Illusionist) sci-fi thriller, VOYAGERS is finally nearing its 8th October 2021 UK launch date via Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW.
Penned by Burger and boasting an ensemble cast headed up by Tye Sheridan (The X-Men franchise), Lily-Rose Depp (Savage), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen), Voyagers is set in a world where the future of the human race is at stake. A group of 30 young men and women who have been specifically bred and raised for intelligence and obedience are sent into deep space in search of a new inhabitable planet. Whilst on the 86-year-long voyage, disturbing secrets about the mission get out that trigger the crew’s most primitive instincts, instigating an insatiable hunger for power that spirals into compulsive paranoia and madness.
With the final countdown for VOYAGERS’ launch almost under way, SCREAM sat down with filmmaker Burger and the three leading players, Sheridan, Depp and Whitehead who discussed how this euphoric thriller examines how situational variables can result in the explosive awakening of our most primal desires.
Words: Howard Gorman