'Good Morning, Midnight': Plot, cast, writer and everything you need to know about George Clooney's Netflix movie

'Good Morning, Midnight': Plot, cast, writer and everything you need to know about George Clooney's Netflix movie

After his success with Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’, George Clooney’s next project is going to be an adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s critically acclaimed sci-fi novel ‘Good Morning, Midnight’, this time with Hulu’s rival streaming service, Netflix. The Oscar-winning actor will direct and star in the film while Mark L Smith (‘The Revenant’) has written the screenplay. Clooney will produce the movie alongside Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures, Anonymous Content, and Syndicate Entertainment.

Variety reports that Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film division, commented, “Having known and worked with George for over two decades, I can’t think of anyone better to bring this amazing story to life. The book is powerful and moving, and Mark’s adaptation is beautifully written. At its core, this is a story about human nature, and one that I know our global audiences will fall in love with, just like I did when I read it.”


Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming movie:

Release date

Netflix is yet to announce a release date for the film, which is currently untitled. Filming is expected to begin sometime in October 2019. Barring the chance of production delays, the movie should probably arrive on Netflix in late 2020.


‘Good Morning, Midnight’ follows the story of an astronomer in the Arctic, an enigmatic child, and an astronaut. Check out the book's official synopsis here:

“Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.


At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?”


George Clooney

George Clooney of the television show "Catch 22" speaks during the Hulu segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 11, 2019, in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)


While Clooney did recently executive produce, appear in, and direct a few episodes for Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’, the movie will be Clooney’s first feature-length film for a streaming service and first project with Netflix. This will be his first time directing a film since Paramount’s ‘Suburbicon’ (2017) and also the first film he has starred in since ‘Money Monster’ (2016).

“Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project,” Clooney said in a statement. “Mark is a writer we’ve long admired and his script is haunting. We’re thrilled to be working with our friends at Netflix as well.”


Mark L Smith

Mark L. Smith (IMDb)

Smith is a writer and director, known for his work on ‘The Revenant’ (2015), ‘Overlord’ (2018) and Séance (2006). He has also written the script for the as-yet-unconfirmed ‘Star Trek’ movie directed by the legendary Quentin Tarantino. Smith developed the script for ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ based on the book by Lily Brooks-Dalton


Lily Brooks-Dalton

Lily Brooks-Dalton. (lilybrooksdalton.com)

Brooks-Dalton is a celebrated author born and raised in southern Vermont. Her memoir, ‘Motorcycles I've Loved’ ( 2015), was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ ( 2016), her most acclaimed work so far, has been translated into multiple languages. She is currently working on her third book. 

Talking about the adaptation on Instagram, she said: "I haven’t been on here in a while, but this is the kind of thing you re-download Instagram to share. George Clooney is making my novel into a movie. I don’t have the appropriate words for how that feels so I won’t really try to articulate it, but I do want to say how grateful I am to each and every person that read this book. You are all extra dear to me in this moment of pure exhilaration."



The movie’s production is still some time away so a trailer is not currently available. Stay tuned for the trailer when it drops.

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