In this family drama starring Billy Bob Thorton as a defunct astronaut candidate determined to build and launch a homemade space rocket, Willis makes a brief appearance as veteran astronaut Colonel Doug Materson. The film is directed by Michael Polish. Thorton says about casting Willis:
The studio wanted a movie star for the cameo role. I said that I thought Bruce would be great for this. Bruce will do something like this for his friends if he likes it. He loved the script and he came to New Mexico to do it.