Astronaut Lucy Cola is left awestruck from her first mission in outer space. Upon returning to Earth, she immediately feels disconnected from her normal life with her husband and niece. Although required to undergo NASA therapy and recommended to rest, Lucy begins pushing herself physically and mentally in order to return to space on the next available mission. During training, Lucy encounters a younger female astronaut named Erin. Bored by and frustrated with her supportive husband, Lucy begins spending time with other astronauts who have been to space, eventually beginning an affair with one named Mark.
Determined to beat a record recently set by Erin, Lucy nearly drowns during an underwater test, but remains completely calm with her heartbeat actually growing calmer. Later it is discovered that Mark is also having an affair with Erin, leaving Lucy feeling increasingly isolated from her husband. Refusing to be beaten, Lucy pushes to escalate her affair and demands that Mark cease his relationship with Erin. Lucy's beloved grandmother dies of a stroke, an event that leaves Lucy deeply distressed and causing her husband to be increasingly concerned by her erratic behavior. Breaking down after the funeral, Lucy walks out on her husband, with her teenage niece in tow. She cries in a public restroom at a bowling alley and asks, "Is this as good as it gets?"
Natalie Portman as Lucy Cola
Jon Hamm as Mark Goodwin
Zazie Beetz as Erin Eccles
Dan Stevens as Drew Cola
Colman Domingo as Frank Paxton
Ellen Burstyn as Nana Holbrook
Lucy in the Sky is a 2019 American science fiction drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Noah Hawley (in his feature directorial debut), loosely inspired by the life of NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Colman Domingo, and Ellen Burstyn.
Lucy in the Sky had its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on October 4, 2019. The film received negative reviews from critics and was a box-office bomb, grossing mere $325,950 against its $21.4 million budget.