It's Sandler. In. Space. The Uncut Gems star takes on a new, more dramatic role.

By Nick Romano
October 26, 2020 at 03:51 PM EDT
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Adam Sandler did not win the Oscar for Uncut Gems. Heck, he wasn't even nominated. And we're still waiting for him to go through with his threat of delivering a movie "so bad on purpose" after Hubie Halloween turned out to not be so bad. But that also doesn't mean he's shying away from dramatic material.

Sandler will now star in a movie adaptation of The Spaceman of Bohemia for Netflix. The source material, a soon-to-be-published novel by author Jaroslav Kalfar, follows Jakub Prochv°zka, a Czech-raised orphan who grows up to become the country's first astronaut. Jakub is sent on a solo mission to deep space where he discovers a creature from the beginning of time on his ship.

Emmy-winning Chernobyl director Johan Renck will helm the film. Sandler now joins the grand tradition of dudes in space following cinematic jaunts by Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, and Ryan Gosling.

Sandler maintains a strong relationship with Netflix, which extended its deal with the actor-producer. It's the home of past titles like Murder Mystery and Sandy Wexler, and upcoming titles like Hustle. It was also the streaming home for Sandler's dramatic roles in Uncut Gems and the Netflix Original The Meyerowitz Stories.

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