First Look At Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

by James White |
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Even has he keeps working on ambitious, decades-spanning story Merrily We Roll Along in the background, Richard Linklater is not letting that stop him make other movies. And for Netflix's Apollo 10 1/2, he's back in the rotoscope territory he utilised for Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.

Loosely inspired by the writer/director's own youth in Houston (and the shadow of the space programme), the new movie (subtitled A Space Age Childhood) features Jack Black narrating the life of a 10-year-old lad living in Texas.

While his days are usually filled with run-of-the-mill activities like school, launching backyard rockets and cycling with friends, things take an unexpected turn when NASA asks him to test an Apollo capsule that they have built a little too snug to fit regular astronauts... And so launches a more fanciful story of training and a lunar mission.

With Glen Powell, Zachary Levi and Josh Wiggins in the cast, Linklater's new movie will touchdown on Netflix on 1 April.

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