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Matthew McConaughey Is Set To Join Stephen King’s The Stand In This Role

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interstellarLove it or hate it, Interstellar is one of the biggest films of 2014, and it’s the first time Matthew McConaughey jumped into science fiction since 1997’s Contact. The Oscar-winning actor can be forgiven for allowing 15 years to go by before getting involved with another genre movie, but he’s reportedly getting involved with another massively ambitious project, as he’s set to star in the mega-adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus The Stand. I’d squeal in happiness, but there’s no telling when this movie is going to actually get made.

Now, there are a lot of characters in The Stand that McConaughey can play and viewers will be happy, but according to The Guardian, he’ll take on the role of big bad Randall Flagg, one of the most iconic villains in all of literature. Following the Captain Tripps plague that destroys the world’s population, Flagg (or The Dark Man, if you will) comes across as less a man and more of a timeless personification of evil as he establishes his Las Vegas headquarters and tries to sway the world’s survivors over to his side. It’s unclear just how deep into Flagg’s history and animal shape shifting the big screen adaptation will get to, but we’re pretty sure they’re going to cover a lot of it, considering how many movies it’ll be.

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Would Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan And Matthew McConaughey Join Star Wars?

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alrightalrightalrightChristopher Nolan’s Interstellar was perhaps our most anticipated movie of 2014. Now that it’s come and gone and sharply divided audiences, the next truly massive science fiction to take up the “most anticipated” mantle has got to be Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After all, it’s the first new Star Wars film since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, it’s the first where the buck doesn’t stop with George Lucas, and it’s the first stage of Disney’s massive and ambitious plans for the franchise. Needless to say, all eyes are on The Force Awakens…and two of those eyes belong to Christopher Nolan, who recently discussed his love of Star Wars in a new interview, as well as answering whether he would be up for directing a Star Wars movie of his own at some point.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, Nolan recalled seeing Star Wars in theaters at the age of seven, and how transformative that experience was, with the screen “opening up, sucking you in, and taking you to a different galaxy.” That, combined with getting to see 2001: A Space Odyssey on a massive screen with his father, helped set Nolan on a path that eventually led him to make his own space epic. Nolan said:

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Interstellar: Matthew McConaughey Meets His Destiny In This Clip, Plus Much More

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There is a lot to love and gawk at in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and while there are also numerous elements that don’t work particularly well, it’s a movie that you absolutely need to see in the theater. It’s like Gravity in that way, it’ll still be fine on you TV, but this is a big, spectacle level movie in the grandest tradition, and you’re missing out not witnessing it on the largest screen you can find. Despite some middling overall reviews (mine included), we know many, if not most of you are planning to see this if you haven’t already, but just in case you missed the memo, Paramount has unleashed a last minute flurry to entice you to the theaters. This includes a new clip, more TV spots, and a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

This latest clip comes from fairly early in the movie, before a team of astronauts, led by Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper, blast off from Earth on a secret mission to find a new home to replace our dying planet. It’s actually where he meets one of his fellow crewmembers for the first time (don’t worry, that doesn’t ruin anything that every TV ad hasn’t already revealed a dozen times). This footage ties into a larger theme of destiny that plays throughout the movie, where the past comes back to impact the present and even the future.

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Watch Christopher Nolan Talk About The Breakthroughs And Challenges Of Interstellar

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Christopher Nolan’s epic space adventure Interstellar opens in a limited number of film-friendly theaters today, and expands everywhere on Friday. With all of the hype and build up surrounding the film, everyone is starting to get excited, and the stars and key players are talking it up every chance they get. That includes this 30-minute roundtable discussion with Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.

Some of the stories in this video may be familiar to you if you’ve been reading our Interstellar coverage over the last few weeks, as the information herein has been parceled out into various stories, each with its own specific angle. Still, the words carry so much more weight when you actually hear them for yourself and see the speaker’s countenance and delivery. This is, after all, a conversation, and is intended to be consumed as such, and it’s nice to have it all collected into one place.

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Is As Spectacular As It Is Flawed

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interstellarChristopher Nolan’s Interstellar is one serious mixed bag of a film, as spectacular as it is flawed. It delivers the most breathtaking, gorgeous visuals you’ve ever seen in a movie, things that you can’t help but gawk at, slack jawed and bug eyed. Along with that, a large portion of the story is so trite and hokey that that it takes much of the shine off of the rest. Big and epic and ambitious in every way, not everything lands like it needs to, and there are incredible highs mixed with moments that leave you completely flat.

Clocking in at a mammoth 169 minutes, Nolan’s longest film date—and he’s not exactly known for his quick hitters—Interstellar is purportedly his most personal film, a kind of love letter to his young daughter. While that’s a noble aim, and you have to applaud a filmmaker, or any artist for that matter, for stepping outside of his comfort zone, this attempt to simultaneously tell a story on such a massive scale and such an intimate level, holds the movie back.

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Watch This Interstellar Clip Question The Apollo Missions

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is finally taking moviegoers into space next week, after what feels like an era of waiting. But this extended drama isn’t only extrapolations of theories provided by physicist Kip Thorne, and you’ll find a surprising take on an old conspiracy theory in the clip below.