Is “Fly Me to the Moon” a true story? A film explores a NASA “moon landing” that sparked major controversy

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The trailer of the Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum starrer “Fly Me to the Moon” has revived discussions about the popular theory that NASA faked the moon.

The film centers around Cole Davis (Channing Tatum), NASA’s launch director for the Apollo 11 mission. Scarlett Johansson plays Kelly Jones, a PR expert hired by the government to market the moon.

The trailer shows Kelly and her team filming a fake moon landing in case NASA’s Apollo 11 mission goes off the rails.

“Fly Me to the Moon” is loosely based on real events

Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum in
Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum in “Fly Me to the Moon” (@appletv+)

“Fly Me to the Moon” is a fictional story that draws inspiration from real events. Apple Studios takes creative liberty to spin several historical events to tell an entertaining story to the audience.

Apollo 11 was a real NASA mission that successfully landed humans on the moon for the first time.

On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle, with Armstrong becoming the first person to step on the moon.

The film, on the other hand, portrays NASA filming a fake moon landing to show the world. It is important to note that there is no proof that NASA faked the moon landing.

“There were probably a quarter of a million people who were directly involved in the Apollo program and another half a million people beyond that — three quarters of a million people can’t keep a secret like that,” said Brain Welch, a NASA spokesman. , in an episode of a FOX TV show titled “Conspiracy Theory” that aired in February 2001.

Are Kelly Jones and Cole Davis in ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ real people?

Scarlett Johansson as Kelly Jones in
Scarlett Johansson as Kelly Jones in “Fly Me to the Moon” (@appletv+)

The main characters, Kelly and Cole do not exist in real life. Kelly is probably an amalgamation of several PRs who were actually hired to publicize NASA and its mission in the midst of the Space Race.

Cole will likely be based on Eugene Kranz, who was launch director for the Apollo 11 mission, according to the National Air and Space Museum.

The film also shows a romantic chemistry between the two characters that did not actually happen.

How to stream ‘Fly Me to the Moon’?

Channing Tatum as Cole Davis in
Channing Tatum as Cole Davis in “Fly Me to the Moon” (@appletv+)

‘Fly Me to the Moon’ will have a theatrical release in the US and Canada on July 12, 2024. The film is set to premiere on Apple TV+ later this year, with the exact release date yet to be announced.

Directed by Greg Berlanti, the film has a running time of 132 minutes.

“Fly Me to the Moon” trailer



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