George Clonney and “The Midnight Sky” in the Arctic | Polarjournal

Because Hollywood star George Clooney had to lose a lot of weight for his new movie role in the “The Midnight Sky”, he had suffered from severe stomach pains and felt weak. Clonney eventually had to be taken to the hospital. This was reported last week by the British newspaper “Mirror”. In the new Netflix movie, the 59-year-old is involved as both an actor and director.

For years, scientist Augustine Lofthouse has lived in the Arctic on a remote research station. (Photo: Netflix)

Four days before he was due to start filming his new movie in Iceland in October 2019, George Clooney was hospitalised with excruciating stomach pains.

For his new role as a post-apocalyptic survivor in the Arctic, Clooney is said to have lost around twelve kilos. However, the 59-year-old had fell so ill in the process that he had to be treated in a clinic with pancreatitis. “I think I was trying to get the weight off too quickly and not taking care of myself,” Clooney told Mirror on.

“It took me a few weeks to feel better, and as a director it’s not easy, you need energy,” Clooney said.

All the explorers have already left the remote station, only Augustine Lofthouse stayed behind. To his surprise, he noticed Iris, who had stayed behind during the evacuation. (Photo: Netflix)

The plot of “The Midnight Sky”

The year is 2049. Augustine Lofthouse… is a brilliant astronomer. For years, the scientist has lived in the Arctic and studied the night sky from a research station in order to get to the bottom of the origins of the universe. Just a few days earlier, all other employees and their families left the facility because of news of a global environmental disaster. Only Augustine didn’t want to go, because he suffers from cancer and wants to continue his work at the research station. On his screen, he sees some kind of radiation spreading across the entire planet. When the radio traffic goes down, it seems he is the only survivor, but then he notices a child hiding during the evacuation of the outpost. Now he has to take responsibility for little Iris.

The research station is deserted. Only Augustine Lofthouse and Iris are still there, trying to reach the spaceship. (Photo: Netflix)

When Augustine spots a ship in space, he tries to warn the crew. He and Iris must fight their way through the toxic air and melting Arctic landscape to get to another observatory that is better equipped and whose radio system is powerful enough to reach the spaceship, which only has five passengers. They are on their way back from a Jupiter mission, where they examined the moon K23 for its habitability.

In late October 2020, Netflix released the first trailer. On December 23, 2020, the film is scheduled to be released worldwide on the streaming service Netflix.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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