Jon Hamm is heading to space.
The Mad Men actor is in talks to star opposite Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight’s astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot. Noah Hawley, of FX’s Fargo and Legion TV series, is directing.
Pale Blue Dot centers on a married astronaut (Portman) who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out.
Hamm would play the lover.
A true-life astronaut love triangle in which a female mission specialist tried to kidnap a rival in 2007 is the inspiration for the script, which was written by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi.
Searchlight is riding is awards season from dramas The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which each racked up multiple nominations and wins. Reese Witherspoon, who was initially set to star, is producing along with Bruna Papandrea.
Hamm won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for his role as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men. Since the acclaimed series wrapped in 2015, he has appeared mainly in films, such as Baby Driver, Marjorie Prime and Keeping Up with the Joneses, and guest-starring roles on TV. He will next be seen in his return to the small screen for Amazon and BBC Studios’ Good Omens, a six-part adaptation of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. His next film, Beirut, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
He is repped by CAA, Forward Entertainment and Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations.