Stealing the limelight away from this year’s Cannes Film Festival – if only for a moment – a first full trailer for Christopher Nolan’s feverishly anticipated new sci-fi, Interstellar (2014), crash-landed into editors’ inboxes yesterday evening, with brand new footage quickly sending social media into raptures. With a screenplay – yet again – from brother Jonathan and reputedly based on a mindbending hypothesis belonging to American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, True Detective’s Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck and Nolan regular Michael Caine all feature in this tantalising glimpse of things to come. With obvious visual nods to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a brooding (broadly philosophical) near-future drama looks to be on the cards from the Inception creator.
So, what do we know of the film’s plot to date? The following official synopsis for Nolan’s latest was unveiled last year by Warner Bros. alongside the first teaser: 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. What has 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’s Cooper, a former NASA employee who somehow finds a way to turn back the clock and right our collective past misdemeanours – namely a global famine which threatens the survival of every human being.
The new trailer offers up plenty of chatter concerning ‘Murphy’s law’ (“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”, not the James Nesbitt BBC crime drama of yesteryear), a dramatic sandstorm drifting across a baseball stadium and Michael ‘exposition’ Caine offering up his two cents on the impending disaster. “We’re not meant to save the world,” he explains: “We’re meant to leave it.” With Steven Spielberg initially attached to an early incarnation of Nolan’s next adventure as far back as 2006 (this new trailer gives off a distinct air of Spielbergian warmth, not something The Dark Knight director is commonly associated with), another smart yet commercially lucrative blockbuster would appear to be written in the stars.
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is released in UK cinemas on 7 November, 2014.