Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is already one of the most anticipated sci-fi movies of 2014. His follow-up to the widely popular The Dark Knight Rises will be Nolan’s first stab at science fiction since 2010’s Inception. As production gets started, Interstellar has already cast Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey in the film’s lead roles.
In an interview with ComingSoon, Matthew McConaughey speaks about his work and research for the sci-fi film Contact for director Robert Zemeckis back in 1997. That film was based on world-renowned American astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s novel. McConaughey actually worked with Sagan for a brief time to get ready for the role. McConaughey reveals (as only he can):
I got out of the Contact experience – and three hours I got to spend with Carl Sagan – was ‘God’s backyard is a lot bigger than I thought.’ I always used to say, ‘I’d rather be a sailor than an astronaut,’ because if you go over the same land that man has gone over before it’s still the first time because its through your eyes the first time. This is… you’re talking about astronaut stuff, you’re talking about galaxies, you’re talking about new frontiers completely.
As for Interstellar, McConaughey hints at what audiences should expect from Nolan’s next. Interstellar is said to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” McConaughey says:
That is much more of an aspect I can realize and get my head around, but it doesn’t seem that far. It’s that same thing when you’re a kid, your neighborhood is as far as you can go. Then you grow older it’s your county, your city, your state, your nation and then all of a sudden continents become part of your backyard. Then as you get older you go, ‘Well the moon’s just a chip shot away too.’ Then you wonder what’s in our solar system, it’s just one solar system.
Interstellar is based on the writings of theoretical physicist/astrophysicist Kip Thorne, who mostly deals with black hole cosmology, gravitational waves, and theoretical time travel. It’s still very unclear how these aspects will play out in Interstellar, but if it’s anything like Christopher Nolan’s other films, it will likely be very ambitious.
Interstellar will hit theaters everywhere on November 7, 2014, in IMAX.