What do you get when you combine Back to the Future, About Time, Avengers: Endgame, and just a smattering of Star Wars (read: lightsabre)? A thrilling time-travel sci-fi flick with heart that's set to make history on Netflix.
Starring Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds as the titular Adam Reed, The Adam Project takes audience through a trip in time after Reed, a time-travelling fight pilot from 2050 on a mission to rescue the love of his life, accidentally crash lands in 2022. There, the wounded pilot comes face-to-face with his 12-year-old self, played by newcomer Walker Scobell, at his childhood home. He then decides to engage Young Adam on a mission to save the world and in return, 'save' himself.
The project was initially announced as Our Name Is Adam with Tom Cruise attached to star. However, the film fell into development hell until Netflix acquired the distribution rights from Paramount Pictures in July 2020. Its revival saw a rework of the script by Jonathan Tropper from previous drafts by T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin. In November, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, and Walker Scobell were added to the cast.
Ruffalo and Garner play Adam's parents Louis Reed (a brilliant physicist who worked on time travel) and Ellis Reed (Adam's rock and sole parent after Louis passes away) respectively, while Zoe Saldana plays Adam's love interest, Laura. Meanwhile, Catherine Keener is the main antagonist Maya Sorian, who has stolen the powerful time travel technology from Louis and is responsible for suspicious time-space anomalies.