New Netflix sci-fi movie casts Batman actor as you've never seen him before

In space, no one can hear you talk to a giant spider

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Netflix is set to premiere a brand new sci-fi movie with a difference. Spaceman stars Adam Sandler in a serious role alongside Carey Mulligan and Paul Dano who plays a giant alien spider. Yes really. 

2024 has already been a brilliant year for film fans, but there's one upcoming release that has captured our attention just a little bit more than the others, not just because it's so unlikely, but also because it looks ace. 

We're talking about Spaceman, the sci-fi drama releasing on Netflix on March 1st. It stars the usually silly Adam Sandler in a more restrained role and just going on the trailer, he's doing a fine job. It may initially be more jarring than seeing Gordon Ramsay grabbing a grubby takeaway, but the Sand Man has actually done serious successfully before, check out the superb Uncut Gems for proof. 

Based on the 2017 Czech novel Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař, Sandler plays the titular cosmic explorer battling isolation at the edge of the solar system. Missing his wife (Carey Mulligan, no less) terribly, fears emerge about his sanity and then to make matters worse, he meets a giant space spider.

Spaceman (2024) movie still

(Image credit: Netflix)

That last clause may have caught you a bit off guard. That's right, he meets a giant space spider, Hanus, who is voiced by Paul Dano, AKA The Riddler from The Batman. Luckily he seems to be friendly. 

He seems to speak (in a voice T3's Tech Editor described as like Michael Stuhlbarg from Boardwalk Empire) with an otherworldly ability and guides Sandler's astronaut through some supernatural encounters. Including meeting his wife who is supposed to be back on earth, and now she has red hair? We're very confused but the whole point of a trailer is to intrigue, so mission accomplished. 

I can truly say I've never seen anything like it and that's the brilliant thing about streaming services, even if something is quite out there they can take a chance on it. Whether it ends up a modern classic or just something a bit quirky, I'll be spending launch day watching along.  

If you are a keen sci-fi aficionado, then you'll probably want to check out Apple TV+ which seems to have made the genre its own recently. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.