‘A Million Miles Away’ Trailer: Michael Peña Is An Underdog With Faraway Dreams

Making it to outer space is a dream held by millions, but only a select few will ever get that chance. Now imagine you’re a migrant farm worker and having a goal of such magnitude. The odds of it happening must be so long as to seem impossible. And yet it did happen for  José Hernández, and it’s his true story that is told in the upcoming film, A Million Miles Away.

Michael Peña stars as Hernández, the first migrant worker ever to become a NASA astronaut. Joining Peña is a talented cast that includes Rosa Salazar, Bobby Soto, Saraya Blue, Garret Dillahunt, Veronica Falcon, and Julio Cesar Cadillo.

Lots of Narcos alums in this film, which is a very good thing. Even director Alejandra Marquez directed episodes of the hit Netflix show, along with Northern Skies Over Empty Space and The Good Girls.

Here’s the synopsis: Inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, A Million Miles Away follows him and his devoted family of proud migrant farm workers on a decades-long journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to the fields of the San Joaquin Valley, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. With the unwavering support of his hard-working parents, relatives, and teachers, José’s unrelenting drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal. Acclaimed writer and director Alejandra Márquez Abella has created a dazzling tribute to the loyalty and tenacity of the entire Hernández family, as well as anyone who dares to dream.

Prime Video will premiere A Million Miles Away on September 15th.

Travis Hopson
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