Matthew McConaughey Confirmed for Chris Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

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After starring in a string of some successful – and not so successful – romantic comedies during the early-mid 2000s, Matthew McConaughey became known as a hunky piece of eye candy, but was often criticized for not having the acting chops to take on meatier roles. However, that has all changed in the past few years, as McConaughey has turned in praise-worthy performances in films such as The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike and William Friedkin’s twisted Texas hitman tale, Killer Joe.

Those performances have also caught the attention of some of today’s most gifted and respected filmmakers – including Christopher Nolan, who offered McConaughey the lead role in his upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar. Apparently, McConaughey didn’t have to sit on the offer long, as we are now learning that he is confirmed for the part.

McConaughey made the announcement himself while speaking with The StarTribune, saying “I’m confirmed” and that a deal to star in the film has been finalized. There aren’t any available details on his character yet, but considering how quickly McConaughey jumped on board – and keeping Nolan’s track record in mind – we can bet that he has a layered character that requires an actor with range and balance.

As mentioned previously, McConaughey has proven to have plenty of both in his last few films. Though he hasn’t done much, if any, work in the sci-fi genre since Contact in 1997, his acting and role choices have been solid enough that he’s built some trust in audiences, as well as critics.

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From what we know about the film so far, McConaughey will likely have an intriguing, original and enthralling universe to play in. Based on an original screenplay by Nolan’s brother Jonathan, Interstellar will deal with time travel and alternate dimensions, while centering on a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole. Of course, these elements and the idea of alternate realities will likely have Nolan fans drawing plenty of comparisons to his other popular and acclaimed mind-bender, Inception.

Nolan has spent the last few months rewriting the script to incorporate some original ideas as well, so we can expect another ambitious, yet hopefully rewarding effort from the British filmmaker. At the very least, Interstellar will likely reach for the stars and with Nolan at the helm, it could certainly be a journey worth taking.


Interstellar is scheduled for a November 7, 2014 release.

Source: The StarTribune

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  1. This news is good. That is all.

  2. When news that Nolan would be making Interstellar first broke we all had fun speculating on who Nolan would cast. Would it be actors & actresses that he’s never worked with before? Or would he branch out and cast different people?
    It was fun but I don’t remember anyone throwing the name Matthew McConaughey out there. So while I’m kind of surprised by the choice after I’ve thought about it, his casting has actually spiked my interest and I didn’t think that was possible.
    But let’s not kid ourselves. We can all but guarantee Michael Caine will have a role but other than that I hope Nolan continues to cast actors & actresses outside of his usual choices.

    • it was for sure a surprise and one I welcome.

    • Michael Caine. Nolan’s good luck charm and mine too.
      I have never been disappointed in any film he was in.

  3. I hoped he would take Leo :( I really hope Leo wasn’t just a one nightstand for nolan like jackman. I remember Nolan praised Leo after Inception. But oh well…can’t wait to see the rest of the cast

  4. In the words of Geoff Peterson of the late late show with Craig Ferguson, “Well alright alright lets take our shirts off”.

  5. Nice. After last year McConaughey is in my eyes redeemed from all the awful rom-coms.

  6. When will we find out if Nolan and Bale are returning for the Justice League?

    • Never get used to it!

      • Touchy… Touchy… Aren’t we? Whats the matter did someone pee in your cheerios this morning?

  7. He would have been mad not to accept!! Good choice

  8. “alternate dimensions” and “a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole”…

    Sounds like the 90’s TV show ‘Sliders’.

  9. Unleash the fanboys!

  10. I think McConaughey is a surprising for Nolan but Nolan has
    already surprised me taking on Interstellar for his next project.
    I thought he would go smaller for a time having enough of bigger.

    • You know, I felt the same way; that Chris Nolan (after the epical Batman trilogy) would return to his FOLLOWING/MEMENTO/INSOMNIA roots. It would be interesting for a cineaste to observe Nolan handling that kind of material, given all else he has done of late.

      I love seeing a sculptor quartering stone; an artist grinding his own paints. But the “business” of showbusiness does intrude.

    • I see what you’re saying, but I’m not surprised. Nolan definitely is a size queen – he’s always throwing around terms like “massive scale” and “huge.” Makes one wonder what he’s compensating for.

  11. Excellent casting!!!

  12. Rubbish casting

  13. Will being shirtless in at least 33% of the movie be in his contract?

  14. i thought this guy was a hack until i saw Amistad, which was made in 1998, two years ago. then i started walking around saying he had massive potential. it’s nice to see 2012 go the way it did for him. i look forward to the continued opportunity to take McConaughey seriously 😀

  15. It’s interesting casting, but Nolan knows how to cast a film. I wonder who he will get to fill out the supporting roles. Besides Michael Caine of course.

    • You know at this point it’s impossible to rule out Michael Caine but its hard for me to imagine him in a scifi role in space. I’m probably just unimaginative today but it seems a little off…

      • I guess it could be a small cameo like his Inception role, where he didn’t go into the dreams but was still a part of the film.

  16. I’m definitely looking forward to this film, I always knew Matt was a good actor especially ever since I saw him in Contact. I was very impressed.

    Well written article btw…

  17. I like it :)

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