15 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Virginia Madsen, Bruce Willis and Bruce Dern are blasting off with The Astronaut Farmer, which the Polish Brothers are making for Warner Independent Pictures. The story centers on an eccentric farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) who dreams of space travel and sets out to build a rocket in his barn. His neighbors consider him an oddity, the government thinks he is a threat and the media see him as a story. Madsen plays the farmer's wife, and Willis plays the farmer's former NASA colleague. Dern will play Madsen's father.

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