Lily-Rose Depp and Tye Sheridan left asking life’s important questions after filming sci-fi movie Voyagers
Hollywood young guns Lily-Rose Depp and Tye Sheridan take the reins in the new sci-fi thriller Voyagers.
Part Lord of the Flies, part The Hunger Games, this intense film set in outer space literally takes teen-angst to new levels.
The movie is the mastermind of director Neil Burger and sees Sela (Depp) and Christopher (Sheridan) lead a group of fellow teenagers on a mission to colonise a distant planet.
But when they soon uncover disturbing secrets about the mission lead by Captain Richard Alling (played by Colin Farrell), the group turn on each other and chaos erupts.
Ironically, despite its sci-fi genre, 24-year-old Sheridan says it was the human-nature aspect that attracted him to the movie.
“It has this real human element to it playing against the backdrop of this crazy space mission, and it’s about young people who are trying to figure out how to navigate their way through the chaos that starts to unfold in the story,” the actor tells 9Honey Celebrity while promoting the movie.
“These characters, they’re born and bred for this space mission and they don’t really have any influence from society and from culture. Everything is kind of stripped-down, so it’s really like bare-bones.
“That was fun to explore as an actor and something that attracted me to the role.”
And it’s this psychological factor that also piqued interest from 21-year-old Depp, who is the daughter of veteran Hollywood star Johnny Depp.
The actress plays the strong female lead in Voyagers, a film she says is a reflection of some themes prevalent in society today: fear, lust and hunger for power.
“It takes place in space, which feels so far from home, but at the same time, it’s so relatable because the characters are going through experiences that are so human and that really brings us back to our true nature and our vulnerabilities,” she tells 9Honey Celebrity.
“I think there are a lot of parallels with what happens on the ship and what happens in everyday life.”
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For the young actress, the movie also left her asking questions about life and purpose both on and off the set.
“[The film asks] all these questions that all of us are just trying to figure out — what our purpose is and all that,” she explains. “We meet [Sela] at a really critical point in her life when she’s figuring out a lot of things about herself and thinking about a lot of questions that are swimming around in her mind — about what her purpose is and what kind of person she wants to be, what her life is going to mean to her and others.
“I think we really see her come into herself in a lot of ways by the end of the film, so I was really interested to embark on that journey with her.”
And it was 44-year-old Farrell who helped show the young cast the way during filming.
Playing their fearless leader Richard, Farrell was also like a father figure off-set for Depp, Sheridan and their other co-stars, such as Fionn Whitehead and Chanté Adams.
“Colin is just an amazing guy. I had the best time working with him and getting to know him a little bit. I think it’s extra special off-camera and in between takes,” Depp says.
“He is just lovely and he really is a nice person and has no ego. He’s just a really humble, down-to-earth guy and super easy to work with and super lovely to be around, so it was an amazing experience.”
Voyagers is in cinemas on April 8. Watch the full trailer below.