Steven Soderbergh, whose eclectic resume includes the Academy AwardÂ®-winning drama "Traffic"Â as well as last year's ensemble caper "Ocean's Eleven,"Â now brings his unique vision to SOLARIS, a story of love, redemption, second chances and a space mission gone terribly wrong.
SOLARIS is a love story rich with emotion and mystery, set within a science fiction framework. The story, which takes place sometime in the future, opens as Dr. Chris Kelvin is asked to investigate the unexplained behavior of a small group of scientists aboard the space station Prometheus, who have cut off all communication with Earth.
Kelvin undertakes the journey after watching a communiqué from his close friend Gibarian, the mission's commander, who seeks Kelvin's help aboard the Prometheus for reasons Gibarian is unwilling "” or unable "” to explain. Keenly aware that his opinion will decide the fate of the orbital station, Kelvin is shocked by what he finds upon his arrival: Gibarian has committed suicide and the two remaining scientists are exhibiting signs of extreme stress and paranoia, seemingly caused by the results of their examination of the planet Solaris.
Kelvin , too, becomes entrapped in the unique world's mysteries. Solaris, somehow, presents him with a second chance at love "” to change the course of a past relationship that has caused him overwhelming guilt and remorse. But can he really revisit and alter the past? Or is he fated to repeat its mistakes?
George Clooney stars as Chris Kelvin, a psychologist who is faced with seemingly answerable questions following his arrival at a remote space station; Natascha McElhone portrays his beloved and troubled wife Rheya, whose untimely death years earlier continues to haunt Kelvin "” in ways he never could have imagined; Jeremy Davies and Viola Davis are scientists aboard the space station desperately trying to discover the secret of Solaris before it destroys them all; and German actor Ulrich Tukur is Gibarian, the mission commander of the ill-fated Prometheus.
Written for the screen, directed, photographed and edited by Steven Soderbergh, SOLARIS is a new adaptation of the eponymous classic science-fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem. The book was first filmed in 1972 as a Russian production directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
SOLARIS is produced by Lightstorm Entertainment partners James Cameron, Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau, whose film "Titanic"Â received a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including Cameron's three OscarsÂ® for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. The executive producer is Gregory Jacobs, who began his association with Soderbergh in 1992; SOLARIS is his ninth film with the director, including the recently released "Full Frontal,"Â which Jacobs produced. Co-producer Michael Polaire, who produced last year's Academy Award-nominated "Mulholland Drive,"Â first collaborated with Steven Soderbergh on "Full Frontal."Â Charles V. Bender also serves as co-producer.
The production team includes Philip Messina, who was the production designer