When it comes to science fiction, having someone like Christopher Nolan dive into the genre is quite exciting. Sure, Inception had futurism and strange technologies in its story, but it was first and foremost an action film. But now he is finally balancing the never-ending sunlight of his thriller Insomnia with the black abyss of outer space.
He’ll have a new cinematographer helping him along, since long-time collaborator Wally Pfister has his own film in the works. Nolan has hired Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to add further scope to Interstellar. Hoytema gained buzz in the U.S. for his work on Tomas Alfredson’s beautiful Let the Right One In, and then went on to work as a director of photography on David O. Russell’s The Fighter. He re-teamed with Alfredson on his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy adaptation. More recently, he worked with Spike Jonze’s on the comedy Her, which will presumably be seen later this year.
There’s no denying that Hoytema knows how to get some arresting visuals on the screen, but that particular talent will truly be tested for this film, as Nolan recently revealed a good chunk of Interstellar will take advantage of IMAX’s large-format cameras. This could be a whole new direction for Nolan films.
We still don’t know much about Interstellar, but it’s apparently based on the writings of theoretical physicist/astrophysicist Kip Thorne, and is said to focus on a group of scientists who travel through a wormhole.
Interstellar is scheduled to release on November 7, 2014, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.