Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield lands next lead movie role

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Spider-Man and Tick, Tick... Boom! actor Andrew Garfield has landed his next role, alongside Normal People and Where the Crawdads Sing's Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Variety reports that the duo will star in director Sebastián Lelio's Voyagers, which chronicles the romantic relationship between Carl Sagan, the famous astronomer who assembled the first physical messages sent out into space, and Ann Druyan, a documentary filmmaker.

The film will take place in 1977 and focus on the aforementioned messages included in NASA's first interstellar probes, known as the Golden Record. It was a race against time to get everything in order, and the duo were paired together to make it work. Along the way, they found something more important than their task (love, the answer is love).

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Lelio is quoted as saying: "As a nine-year-old boy growing up during Chile's dictatorship, Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s TV series Cosmos had a profound impact on me, igniting my fascination with life's biggest questions and mysteries.

"It is a dream to make a movie about the Golden Record and, within it, the inspiring love story between Carl and Ann. I'm thrilled that Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones will be at the centre of this epic romance set against the infinite backdrop of space and time."

The real-life Druyan added: "Imagine falling madly, truly in love with one of the greatest humans who ever lived, while creating a complex message about what it is to be alive, a golden record affixed to the first interstellar spacecraft launched by our species, bound to sail the Milky Way galaxy long after Earth ceases to exist.

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"It takes a movie to bring that mythic experience, that cosmic love story to vivid life. After years of searching, I feel that we have found exactly the right colleagues and artists to capture the magic of it."

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