Serenity is a 2005 American space Western film written and directed by Joss Whedon in his feature directorial debut. The film is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox television series Firefly and stars the same cast, taking place after the events of the final episode. Set in 2517, Serenity is the story of the crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The captain and first mate are veterans of the Unification War, having fought on the losing Independent side against the Alliance. Their lives of smuggling and cargo-running are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret.

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Serenity
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoss Whedon
Written byJoss Whedon
Based onFirefly
by Joss Whedon
Produced byBarry Mendel
Starring
CinematographyJack Green
Edited byLisa Lassek
Music byDavid Newman
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • August 22, 2005 (2005-08-22) (EIFF)
  • September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30) (United States)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$39 million[2]
Box office$40.4 million[2][3]
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The film stars Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Serenity was released in North America on September 30, 2005, by Universal Pictures to generally positive reviews and several accolades, including the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the Prometheus Special Award and the Nebula Award for Best Script, but underperformed at the box office.