No one turns down Christopher Nolan. Last week, actor Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s new science fiction film Interstellar, and now the 43-year-old Texas native has accepted the mysterious role.
In an interview with the StarTribune, McConaughey recently chatted about his current project, True Detective, director Cary Fukunaga’s crime series for HBO. During the interview, McConaughey confirmed that he will join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, playing the lead role. There are no details available about the science fiction film, but supposedly the film will “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”
Interstellar will mark Christopher Nolan’s return to the science fiction genre that the British director explored to great effect with 2010’s Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy. Interstellar will also mark Matthew McConaughey’s first return to science fiction since his co-starring appearance with Jodie Foster and James Woods in Robert Zemeckis’ Contact in 1997.
In recent years, the Dazed and Confused actor has seen a spike in his acting career. He gained critical success in a starring role in The Lincoln Lawyer in 2011. Last year, McConaughey appeared in three films that also gained much critical praise. The first was Richard Linklater’s Bernie with Jack Black, then alongside Channing Tatum in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike — where his performance as Dallas gained some Oscar buzz — and lastly in the titular role in William Friedkin’s Killer Joe. You can see Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, Nichols’ follow up to Take Shelter, later this month.
Interstellar will arrive in theaters on November 7, 2014, in IMAX.