The Tomorrow War

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The Tomorrow War
Directed byChris McKay
Produced by
Written by
Music byLorne Balfe
CinematographyLarry Fong
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
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  • July 23, 2021 (2021-07-23) (United States)
CountryUnited States

The Tomorrow War is an upcoming American military science fiction action film directed by Chris McKay in his live-action directorial debut, produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly and Adam Kolbrenner, and written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque. The film will star Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Keith Powers, Mike Mitchell, Sam Richardson, and J. K. Simmons, with Pratt also executive producing the film. The film, which is set in the near future, focuses on humanity's war against an invading alien force, hoping to win it by using scientists' new ability to draft soldiers from the past to the war.

The film is scheduled to be released on July 23, 2021.


The fate of a futuristic war rests upon one man's abilities to confront the ghosts of his past. Humanity is losing to an alien invasion, so to fight back, scientists develop a way to draft soldiers from the past to fight the war.[1]



It was announced in February 2019 that Chris Pratt was in negotiations to star in the film (then known as Ghost Draft), and which was set to be directed by Chris McKay.[3] In July, Yvonne Strahovski was added to the cast.[4] J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Theo Von, Jasmine Mathews, Keith Powers were added to the cast in August,[5][6][7][8][9] with Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge, and additional cast joining in September.[10][11] The movie was retitled as The Tomorrow War.[12] Creature designer Ken Barthelmey designed the aliens for the film.[13]


Filming began on September 1, 2019, with Atlanta and Iceland as filming locations.[14][15] Filming wrapped on January 12, 2020.


The film was originally scheduled to be released on December 25, 2020 by Paramount Pictures. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled to July 23, 2021, taking the release date of Mission: Impossible 7.[16][17]


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  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2019). "'Handmaid's Tale's' Yvonne Strahovski Joins Chris Pratt in 'Ghost Draft' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (August 19, 2019). "J.K. Simmons in Talks to Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 20, 2019). "'Veep's Sam Richardson Joins Chris Pratt In 'Ghost Draft' Sci-Fi". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 21, 2019). "Stand-Up Comedian Theo Von Joins Chris Pratt In Skydance-Paramount's 'Ghost Draft'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (August 23, 2019). "'Ghost Draft': 'Sweetbitter' Actress Jasmine Mathews Joins Skydance Sci-Fi Thriller". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (August 26, 2019). "'What/If' Actor Keith Powers Joins Chris Pratt in Skydance's 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)
  11. ^ ‘Ghost Draft’: Paramount/Skydance Sci-Fi Film Adds More To Cast
  12. ^ Gemmill, Allie (November 9, 2019). "Chris Pratt Shares Set Photo & New Title From the Movie Formerly Known as 'Ghost Draft'". Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ken Barthelmey". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  14. ^ "Ghost Draft - Production Listing". Backstage. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Chris Pratt's Next Movie "Ghost Draft" To Film in Atlanta (REPORT)". April 6, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ McClintock, Pamela (November 11, 2019). "Chris Pratt's Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Tomorrow War' Lands Christmas 2020 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  17. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (2020-04-24). "'Mission: Impossible' Sequels Get Pushed Back". Variety. Retrieved 2020-04-24.

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