Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar casting moves forward

We at TG are very excited that Christopher Nolan, the man who reinvented Batman, will be making a sci-fi movie next, Interstellar, which is slated for release next November.

The movie is reportedly about wormholes, and it may have a time travel angle to it as well, but other than the film’s casting, we don’t know much else about it.

Matthew McConaughey was first signed on to star, and there will also be a little Dark Knight Rises reunion with Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine now coming aboard. As Collider reminds us, this will make the sixth film Caine will act in for Nolan. (This includes the three Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception.) I’ve been a big Michael Caine fan for many years, and always felt he was a perfect choice to play Alfred for the new model Batman.

Deadline tells us that Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is also, as they say in Hollywood, “in talks” to come aboard for Interstellar, and Nolan indeed casts his films very well. At the moment, we have no idea what characters these actors will be playing, and they may not even know themselves. A lot of times when a huge blockbuster comes together, the actors are only shown their pages from the script, or are signed mainly because they want to be a part of the franchise, or work with the director, all in the name of secrecy of course. 

Although McConaughey’s done a lot of redneck movies lately, he has done sci-fi before, specifically the big screen adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. McConaughey told Coming Soon and Giant Freakin Robot that he spent some time with Sagan in preparation of the movie. The actor said, “I got out of the Contact experience – and three hours I got to spend with Carl Sagan – was ‘God’s backyard is a lot bigger than I thought.’”

The IMAX company also recently announced that like Star Trek Into Darkness, and the upcoming Transformers 4, a great deal of Interstellar will be shot in IMAX. This shouldn’t be a big surprise, because Nolan started the whole trend of shooting action scenes in IMAX to make them look bigger than life, and considering the wonders it did for Gotham City, we’re dying to see what it can do for outer space. 

Look for Interstellar on November 7, 2014.