It’s about two custodians (played by Norman and Djimon Hounsou) who struggle to hold onto their sanity while living in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society. It’ll be released in spring 2015, but Entertainment Weekly posted the first photo from the movie, and got some early details from Norman Reedus.
Norman said AIR is a psychological thriller about two people who are pretty much the last people in the planet, and his character is haunted by his own past.
“They run a facility that has all the best of the best that’s being held in sleep tanks that will be re-awakened to populate the earth, and one of them thinks of their job as the scientist and the other thinks more of their job as a janitor,” Norman told EW. “And the position is kind of in between both of those. But one of them discovers that the other has a secret, he’s holding onto the secret and that secret is that he’s trying to keep a certain person alive. And through the character I play, his past is such a dark one, and the guilt of what he’s done weighs so heavy on him that he sort of substitutes his real family for this other person in his mind, and he sort of looks at him as a brother in this way that’s a little too close for comfort."
Norman said he ends up forcing the action to take place against the other person’s will. “So it becomes this thriller, this mindf— of a movie of convincing this other guy to do something he doesn’t want to do.”
Since so much of AIR is a two-person story, it meant Norman and Djimon spent a lot of time working together. “He’s great,” Norman said. “He and I hit it off right off the bat. I’d seen his work before and I knew how good he was, and I’d just watched Blood Diamond right before I came here, and he was so good in that movie. It’s interesting, you know, because he’s such a big, good-looking guy and he’s very soft and gentle and there’s sort of a hope that’s naturally in his face. He radiates this sort of hope and I’m just sort of basically trying to wipe it off of his face.”
Aww. What is it about Norman that he keeps playing opposite people who represent hope (Beth/Emily on TWD and now Djimon in AIR)? Anyway, read more of his Q&A here. Entertainment Weekly has more AIR intel in its Comic-Con preview package, which should be out this week. Norman, Robert Kirkman and David Alpert will also be talking about AIR (and Walking Dead) next weekend at Comic-Con, so check out those panel details too.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.