The presumption all along has been that 20th Century Fox’s longstanding intention to release James Gray‘s Ad Astra in mid-January meant that an Academy-qualifying release in December (i.e., two months hence) would eventually be announced. Well, forget it. January is history and the new opening date for this “epic science fiction thriller” is now 5.24.19. Which presumably means that Fox marketers figured that the benefit of a December ’18 platform debut wouldn’t amount to much, and that a Cannes debut will probably deliver a greater bounce. Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Kennedy costar.