For being one of the busiest action stars in Hollywood, Chris Pratt has not been on the big screen in a little while - but understandably so. All of the Onward star’s upcoming films are either still filming, about to be filmed, or, in the case of The Tomorrow War, are near completion but suffered Covid-19 related release delays. Fortunately, things have worked out with its acquisition by Amazon, and “tomorrow” will come sooner than you think.
In case you have never heard of this upcoming popcorn flick, I can tell you that it definitely sounds like something you would expect from the leading man known for the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World franchises. However, its intriguing plot, star-studded cast, and the amount of money Amazon is wiling to put forward to acquire distribution rights make it especially fascinating. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and dive deeper into everything there is to know, at the moment, about The Tomorrow War, starting with the most important question: when can we see this thing?
The Tomorrow War Is Set For A July 2021 Release
Principal photography for The Tomorrow War began in September 2019 and wrapped up in the middle of the following January. Initially, Paramount Pictures had set its sights on a Christmas Day release date in 2020, but pulled the film from its schedule following the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier that year.
By the following April, The Tomorrow War was rescheduled, along with several other Paramount productions. While it was looking like we were going to have to wait until late July to see The Tomorrow War, Amazon has now confirmed that the movie's release date is set for July 2, 2021.
The Tomorrow War Will Be Available Streaming On Amazon Prime
Due to Covid-19, the past year has easily set a record for most films to either skip a theatrical release for a streaming deal or use both methods simultaneously. It looks like The Tomorrow War will be the latest addition to that hefty list and will call Amazon its new home.
Amazon reportedly offered $200 million dollars to acquire the flick, according to Deadline, who also reported that it “played really well” at an exclusive screening for streaming services looking to buy. Platforms like Netflix and Apple were notably impressed by The Tomorrow War’s commercial appeal, which, honestly, is clear from the plot alone.
The Tomorrow War Chronicles A Futuristic Battle For Humanity
Based on box office statistics of the past forever, the recipe for a successful popcorn flick is, seemingly, one part alien invasion, two parts high octane action sequences, sprinkle in a ragtag ensemble of heroes, and a big helping of time travel. In that regard, The Tomorrow War is poised to be the ultimate blockbuster.
Shot under the title Ghost Draft originally, the sci-fi thriller takes place in a future threatened by the arrival of nefarious extraterrestrial visitors. Out of desperation, scientists use an experimental time travel technology to enlist the help of some of history’s greatest combatants, including Chris Pratt as a teacher and family man whose own mistakes may be key to defeating the enemy.
The Tomorrow War Cast Also Includes Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons And More
As the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt (who also makes his executive producer debut with The Tomorrow War) knows the world cannot be saved alone and he certainly will not be. The large ensemble cast includes the likes of The Handmaid’s Tale’s Yvonne Strahovski, Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons (winner of most badass character name - Slade Mitchell), and Betty Gilpin of The Hunt fame. Strahovski plays a scientist, while J.K. Simmons' character is the estranged father to Chris Pratt's character, Dan.
Edwin Hodge from The Purge franchise (and the elder brother of Aldis) also stars along with 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub and even comedic talents like Veep’s Sam Richardson, stand-up star Theo Von, and Mike Mitchell from The Birthday Boys troupe. Former Teen Wolf star Felisha Terrell, The Legend of Korra’s Seychelle Gabriel, and Keith Powers from Straight Outta Compton also make up just some of the many notable names who will appear.
The LEGO Batman Movie Director Chris McKay Helms The Tomorrow War
The man who drafted these exciting talents into heroes of the future is Chris McKay, who, for such a high-dollar and high-concept project, is only making his second live-action, feature-length directorial effort with The Tomorrow War. However, the man has been keeping busy, and to much success, in between that time, mostly in animation.
Chris McKay is one of the Emmy-winning producers of Robot Chicken and other Adult Swim hits, a leading animator on The LEGO Movie (also starring Chris Pratt), and director of its DC-centric spin-off, The LEGO Batman Movie, from 2017. The success of the latter earned him the job helming the Nightwing solo movie, which has since shelved, making room to return to live action filming with The Tomorrow War instead for the first time since his 2002 debut, 2wks, 1yr.
Chris Pratt Claims Human Remains Were Found On The Tomorrow War’s Icelandic Glacier Set
If The LEGO Batman Movie drama helming a sci-fi drama like The Tomorrow War leaves you speechless, just wait until you hear one of craziest alleged stories from the production. During an interview with Ellen Degeneres in February 2020, Chris Pratt mentioned how some scenes were was shot on a glacier in Iceland, which, as the actor explains in the following except, is where the cast and crew were dumbfounded by a recent grisly discovery:
Admittedly, a quote from police officer Jón Garðar Bjarnason in Icelandic news publication Fréttablaðið offers some dispute to Chris Pratt’s claim, suggesting that no case occurred where The Tomorrow War was filmed and that the actor could be confused with a similar event from 2017 in Switzerland. Either way, we agree with Bjarnason that it “sounds like an exciting screenplay.”
I also cannot help but feel that The Tomorrow War sounds pretty exciting, with the potential to be a fun way to spend a couple of hours during July 4 weekend. As mentioned The Tomorrow War will be available streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting July 2, 2021. For more release dates, check out or 2021 new movie release dates schedule.
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