Dr. Gibarian, part of a team at a space station studying Solaris, makes an urgent and self-described bizarre video request to his friend, civilian psychiatrist Dr. Chris Kelvin, to come to the station to deal with an unspecified phenomenon aboard, that phenomenon with which Chris' experience and background may be able to explain and solve. Chris learns that his trip is sanctioned by the space program as a security force had been sent to the station to investigate, that security team which is now missing. When Chris arrives at the station, he finds only two surviving team members, Drs. Gordon and Snow (Dr. Gibarian committed suicide), who are both acting nervously. Chris also finds two unexpected people there, the first, who Chris only sees fleetingly, being Dr. Gibarian's adolescent son Michael, and the second being Chris' deceased wife, Rheya. Chris and Rheya had a passionate relationship in all its good and bad before she committed suicide. Apparently, these appearances of loved .
Soderbergh had cast Jeremy Davies in the film after seeing a tape Davies made of himself playing Charles Manson.
Aside from Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis was also considered for the lead role.
James Cameron was initially considered for directing but had opted to produce instead.
'Solaris' is a remake of the soviet movie of 1972 inspired by the novel of the same name written by Stanislaw Lem.
Kelvin's wife is called Rheya which is an anagram of the original name in Stanislaw Lem's novel, where she is called Harey.
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