Production Begins on Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain

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In case you were a fountain of unending doubt and pessimism, you can rest easy knowing that production has begun on Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi film, Interstellar.  Unsurprisingly, there are no details other than the vague logline, “a group of explorers who 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.”  The press release also doesn’t mention any new cast additions.  If you were wondering who’s working the technical side, Hoyte van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) has stepped-in for Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister, who is currently at work on his directorial debut, Transcendence.  Nolan will be re-teaming with production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, composer Hans Zimmer (BWAAAAHM), and visual effects supervisor Paul FranklinMary Zophres, who has handled the costumes on every Coen Brothers movie since Fargo, will bring her talents to Nolan’s movie.

Hit the jump for the full press release.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael CaineInterstellar opens November 7, 2014.

christopher-nolanHere’s the press release:

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on “INTERSTELLAR” is officially underway in Alberta, Canada. The film will be released in IMAX® and 35mm theaters on November 7, 2014. Paramount Pictures will distribute domestically, Warner Bros. Pictures internationally.

Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who 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.

“INTERSTELLAR” features a prestigious cast that includes Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike,” “Mud”), Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Tree of Life”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married,” TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow (“Terms of Endearment,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) Academy Award® nominee Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award® winner Ellen Burstyn (“The Last Picture Show,” “The Exorcist”), and Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy).

The film is being produced by Academy Award® nominee Emma Thomas (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) and Lynda Obst (“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “The Siege”). Renowned theoretical physicist Kip Thorne is consulting on the film as well as serving as executive producer, along with Jake Myers (“Jack Reacher,” “RED,” “RED 2”) and Jordan Goldberg (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy).

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Fighter”), Academy Award®-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy), Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Mary Zophres (“Gangster Squad,” “True Grit”) Academy Award®-nominated editor Lee Smith (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy,” “Elysium,”), Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), and Academy Award®-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy).




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  • leggo

    “In case you were a fountain of unending doubt and pessimism…” Hmmm that reminds me of someone who write articles for this site.

    • Fitzchiv

      haha! :D well spotted, i just completely stopped reading his reviews, i stick to the gossip and news now and myself and collider have the best relationship ever! :D

      • TwiceBorn

        I will never understand people who get irritated over negative reviews.

      • smitty

        … a bunch of oversensitive little grandmas.

  • Jhan

    Matt “It Wasn’t Me!” Goldberg can’t even write a simple news brief without being smarmy or snarky.

    It was my fault that I started reading the post without reading the byline first. Lesson learned.

  • sammy

    Alex Hajna: This will be his only third original movie, so you can’t blame Batman for him not bringing out much original content. He’s like JJ abrams or Joss Wheldon, praise for adapting something.

    Big fan of nolan BTW

    • filmquack

      @ sammy I would count Insomnia in the original movie list. It may technically be a remake, but it has barely a passing resemblance to the original imo. I would call it four.

      • bidi

        i would go one step further and call Memento an original idea as well. yes, it was adapted from his brother’s short story, but he and Jonathan have been writing partners for years, and it was originally a short story. my guess is Memento is more Chris than Jonah

      • sammy

        Still not Chris Nolan original from scratch though.

        Inception, Following and now this

      • Alex Hajna

        The Prestige?

        And I wasn’t blaming Batman for anything. I’m was just exclaiming how excited I was to see fresh material from him.

      • dgraham

        The Prestige was adapted from a book.

      • sammy

        Still not Chris Nolan original from scratch though.

        Inception, Following and now this

      • bidi

        i would go one step further and call Memento an original idea as well. yes, it was adapted from his brother’s short story, but he and Jonathan have been writing partners for years, and it was originally a short story. my guess is Memento is more Chris than Jonah

  • Jim

    I can’t wait. The Prestige is my favorite movie. And enjoyed his take on Batman but I can’t wait to see what else he can come up with.

  • Jim

    I can’t wait. The Prestige is my favorite movie. And enjoyed his take on Batman but I can’t wait to see what else he can come up with.

  • Jim

    I can’t wait. The Prestige is my favorite movie. And enjoyed his take on Batman but I can’t wait to see what else he can come up with.

  • Bloost

    Can’t wait for the plot holes to go along with the wormholes. (Puts on Heat shield)

    • TwiceBorn

      I hope this doesn’t happen.

    • kilar

      The whole pretentious mess will be explained away with space talk, science gobble, wormholes and Nolan ‘brilliance’ – But really, it will be a steaming pile of plot holes, just don’t shine it too hard or all the false varnish will crummble away.

  • Lance

    Rock on, Nolan!

  • Lance

    Rock on, Nolan!

    • Heath

      Kiss Ass ALERT!

  • Person

    I’m just glad this movie’s releasing in November, right in the heart of awards season. It’s like they’re not taking any chances on Nolan not getting Academy attention this time (for Directing, at least).

  • Person

    I’m just glad this movie’s releasing in November, right in the heart of awards season. It’s like they’re not taking any chances on Nolan not getting Academy attention this time (for Directing, at least).

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    I can’t think of anything more exciting than Christopher Nolan, realistic sci fi, and outer space —-said no one ever.

    • claudethewriter

      nope, I just said that. so, “said one person at least ever”

    • claudethewriter

      nope, I just said that. so, “said one person at least ever”

  • R-Blaze

    I love how it only says “spider-man 3″ besides Topher Grace’s names

  • R-Blaze

    I love how it only says “spider-man 3″ besides Topher Grace’s names

  • Unique Jenique

    Yes! Exciting!

  • MountRussmore

    Awesome cast, great concept. Nolan’s not God, just a very talented human being. But I’ve got my fingers crossed he hits this one out of the park!

    • Bloost

      There is one god, and his name is Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • DarthDave

    It’s a shame he hasn’t worked with David Julyan since The Prestige. This subject matter would seem to suit his style.

    I wonder if Steven Spielberg retains a credit, considering he initiated the project and hired Jonathan Nolan to write it to begin with?

    • bidi

      he’ll probably executive produce. he’s an executive producer on every movie anyway

  • kilar

    What would be awesome, and more real, would be if the wormhole transports humans half way across the galaxy, to a totally empty region of space (Or into empty intergalactic space) where nothing at all happens, so they turn around and come home… And someone gets space dementia!

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