Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is one of our most anticipated movies of the year. We don’t even know all that much about it, but when you add Nolan, deep space, wormholes, and the future of the human race, you know you’re going to get something worth checking out. We still have a while to wait to see this, but we have a couple of new photos to occupy our time while we wait for this, and to fill the time between new Star Wars: Episode VII rumors.
Because Nolan is one of the biggest filmmakers currently working, it’s no surprise that he can put together an all-star cast. These photos from EW show off two of those actors, last year’s Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, as well as former Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway.
The McConaughey photo shows the actor wandering around what you assume is the surface of another planet. Or he’s in a place on Earth that has become so inhospitable you have to wear a space suit and crampons. From the little bits we know about the plot, Interstellar is set in a near future where we’ve finally screwed up our own planet to the point where we can’t live here much longer. So that’s entirely possible, though not likely. McConaughey, a former pilot, and Hathaway, and others I assume, are sent into space, through a newly discovered wormhole, in order to look for a place for the human race to settle and secure our collective future.
The Hathaway photo doesn’t show much, except her new, short, practical-on-a-long-space-journey haircut. I guess anything is better than the do she sported in Les Mis. There’s obviously some space ship looking sets in the background, but you don’t get much of a look at the surroundings.
The most recent trailer shows off what, by all appearances, is a film that beautiful, emotional, and especially important right now. So much of sci-fi film and fiction is full of bleak, horrific images of what the future looks like, more of a reaction to problems rather than a solution. Interstellar, however, looks to inspire viewers and make them believe that there is hope, that we can over come the issues that face us. It looks like welcome change to the foreboding post-apocalyptic and dystopian nightmares that we see so many of (not that we don’t love those, too). Things may be grim, crops may be dying due to worldwide climate change, but this tells us to look up, find inspiration, and dream big.
The official synopsis doesn’t tell us much: “A group of explorers 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.”
Nolan is well known for playing his cards close to the vest—though he doesn’t throw it in fan’s faces like, say, J.J. Abrams, so people let it slide in his case—so we likely won’t know a ton before the movie opens on November 7. But that’s not going to stop us from getting really excited about this movie.