Christopher Nolan Enlists TINKER TAILOR Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema to Shoot INTERSTELLAR

     April 23, 2013

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Director Christopher Nolan is encountering a couple of firsts with his next film Interstellar.  Not only does it mark the filmmaker’s first venture into space-set sci-fi, but this will also be Nolan’s first film without cinematographer Wally Pfister since his debut feature Following.  His close collaborator is busy with his own directorial debut, Transcendence, and will no longer be working a director of photography.  As such, many were curious as to whom Nolan would enlist to shoot Interstellar given his meticulousness when it comes to pristine visuals.  Well, now word comes that the filmmaker has tapped Hoyte Van Hoytema to act as the cinematographer on Interstellar.  Hit the jump for more.

hoyte-van-hoytema-interstellarNews of Van Hoytema’s involvement comes courtesy of the Dutch website Film Abides (via Nolan Fans).  The cinematographer’s previous credits include Let the Right One In, The Fighter, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and he most recently shot Spike Jonze’s upcoming film Her.  Van Hoytema’s muted aesthetic would appear to fit right in with Nolan’s sensibilities, and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles working with IMAX since the director plans to shoot “a significant portion” of Interstellar with the large-format cameras.

Little is known about the story of Interstellar other than the fact that it’s about “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.”  Matthew McConaughey is set as the film’s male lead, while Anne Hathaway recently signed on to reunite with the Dark Knight Rises filmmaker as Interstellar’s female lead.  Expect to hear more casting soon as we move closer towards the film’s summer production start-date.  Interstellar will open on November 7, 2014.

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