It looks like the publicity push for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar has finally begun in earnest. The last two days have both seen new posters for the interplanetary adventure (and we saw a series of incredible fan posters as well), and today brings more of the same. But in addition to yet another new one sheet, the film has also unveiled an interactive game for you to while away your free time on.
The first poster we saw showed space-suited star Matthew McConaughey walking on the surface of what appears to be a distant, alien world. Poster number two saw McConaughey’s Cooper standing with his young daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy), gazing up at the stars that hold the key to the future of humanity. Both of these are key elements of Interstellar, at least with our limited understanding of the film, and this latest addition shows off another vital part of the story.
In a near future, global climate change has progressed to the point where Earth is no longer going to be able to support human life. The entire planet has essentially become a giant, Great Depression-esque dust bowl. As a result, a team including Cooper, Anne Hathaway, and more, must leave our home world and travel through a newly discovered wormhole in the hopes of finding a planet suitable for settling and colonization, and thus prolonging the life expectancy of our entire species.
It’s their craft—called the Endurance—and this journey that you see portrayed in this new image. Nolan is well known for his visual prowess, and with a new cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema (Her), instead of his frequent collaborator Wally Pfister (who recently made his directorial debut with Transcendence), doesn’t seem to have dulled that aspect of his game one bit. We cant’ help but be excited at the prospect of seeing his take on travelling through space and a wormhole rendered on the big screen (a very big screen, as Interstellar, again, has the director making use of IMAX technology).
The Interstellar game, an app you can download HERE, offers players an interactive trip through various solar systems. Envisioned by Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist who serves as a scientific advisor on the film, the game supposedly offers a number of realistic elements and hurdles for players to overcome. Gameplay features realistic physics, and you have to take into account factors like gravity and fuel. You can use the sun’s gravity to slingshot yourself across the solar system, thus conserving your precious fuel, you can jump back and forth through wormholes, and even try to tiptoe your way past the rim of a black hole. The basic goal is to see how far you can go, how much you can explore, before you run out of gas and get stranded far, far from home, which sounds fun and adventurous, as well as harrowing.
Interstellar blasts off on November 7, and stars McConaughey, Hathaway, Foy, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Topher Grace, and David Gyasi.