No sooner had British director Christopher Nolan’s blockbusting DC Comics Dark Knight trilogy reached its finale than his next project was announced – a high concept science fiction drama entitled Interstellar (2014), written by brother Jonathan and based on a mindbending hypothesis belonging to American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. True Detective star Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley and Nolan regular Michael Caine clearly jumped at the opportunity to work with one of Hollywood’s most bankable filmmakers, and this weekend we’ve been offered the first tantalising glimpse of his latest offering – albeit one strictly confined to the rural farmlands of terra firma. So what exactly do we know so far about Nolan’s new endeavour?
The following official synopsis for Nolan’s 2014 project was unveiled by Warner Bros. alongside the first trailer: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. This outline, much like the enticing teaser itself, reveals few specifics aside from the significance of wormholes. What has also been rumoured is that Interstellar will be partly set (at least) at a time when NASA have been disbanded and humanity’s interest in our place in the universe all but extinguished. Enter McConaughey, a former NASA employee who finds a way to turn back the clock and right our collective past misdemeanours.
Debuting either by coincidence or design on the same day it was announced that the Chinese space programme successfully landed an unmanned craft on the Moon, this stock footage-heavy Interstellar trailer clearly laments NASA’s perceived current inactivity whilst pointing towards a near-future where interplanetary travel is no longer on the agenda. What tragic disaster forces his protagonists’ hands is still to be confirmed – famine, plague or just sheer boredom, perhaps – but what is promised is one of the most impressive and even plausible sci-fi money-spinners this side of Alfonso Cuarón’s critical and commercial hit Gravity (2013). With Steven Spielberg initially attached to an early incarnation of Nolan’s next adventure as far back as 2006, another intelligent yet commercially lucrative blockbuster would certainly appear to be on the cards.
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi spectacular Interstellar is released in UK cinemas on 7 November, 2014.