‘Interstellar’ Set Photos & Plot Details: Nolan’s Sci-fi Movie is all About Corn Farming

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Christopher Nolan on the set of The Dark Knight Rises Interstellar Set Photos & Plot Details: Nolans Sci fi Movie is all About Corn Farming

Writer and director Christopher Nolan has begun work on his first major film project since completing his Batman trilogy and “taking a break” whilst producing Man of Steel. Aside from a slew of casting news, we’ve been mostly kept in the dark about Interstellar, a sci-fi movie based around theories of traveling through wormholes to cross vast distances in space.

Interstellar is expected to film a good portion of its scenes in Iceland, which was also where Ridley Scott spent time filming Prometheus, but for the scenes set on Earth the cast and crew of Interstellar are currently settled in Fort Macleod, Alberta. With production underway, a little of the secrecy surrounding Nolan’s new sci-fi has fallen away, giving us a first look at the actors on set as well as some more details about the story.

One of the few known facts about Interstellar‘s plot is that it features a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole to seek out the far reaches of the universe, but fresh story details from the Fort Macleod Gazette reveal the motivation behind the mission. That motivation is… climate change! More specifically, a crop famine that has been brought about by the effects of climate change, with corn as the last crop to be cultivated. The scientists who head through the wormhole aren’t looking for alien life or Unobtainium – they just need a planet with a few decent fields.

Running out of corn might not sound as dramatic as the second ice age of The Day After Tomorrow, but some photos from the set of Interstellar show that the disrupted weather patterns of the future aren’t making life very fun. Main Street in Fort Macleod was transformed into a sun-scorched, wind-stripped dust barrel, and both cast and crew members are seen using face masks to filter the air. These Interstellar set photos, courtesy of the Lethbridge Herald, also give us a first look at Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace and John Lithgow in costume, which might give some clues as to which characters they’ll be playing.



Jessica Chastain and Matthew McConaughey Interstellar Set Photos & Plot Details: Nolans Sci fi Movie is all About Corn Farming


Note the picture of McConaughey and Lithgow’s characters sharing a car ride, which could mean that they’re playing a father and son in the film. Establishing family ties back on Earth would be a good way of upping the stakes for the characters (McConaughey’s character is also wearing a wedding ring). At this point it’s not yet known which of the actors will play the scientists who go through the wormhole, which ones will stay behind on Earth, or if any of them will be playing characters that the scientists meet after traveling through the wormhole.

Not shown in these set photos are recently-revealed cast member Matt Damon, who will be on set for two weeks of the four month shoot to film a small role, and other announced actors including Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises).

Can you spot any more clues about Interstellar‘s story and characters in these set photos? Share your thought on the climate change/crop famine plot elements with us in the comments.


Interstellar opens in regular and select IMAX theaters on November 7th, 2014.

Source: Fort Macleod Gazette & Lethbridge Herald (via CBM)

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  1. Ya, I’m actually not convinced it will involve climate change. I feel as though it is going to involve population growth along with some sort of global crop disease. I don’t think Nolan would want to detract from the movie by including a controversial topic, i.e. global warming.

  2. Exclusive corn farming is also completely unrealistic and is more impossible than FTL travel and given how the movie is about it I can give them that as most sci-fi assumes FTL is possible just for the plot’s sake.

    Humanity would die if everyone could only eat corn and no other plants/animal food sources.

    Corn is not a complete source of the basic nutrients you need and any vegan/vegetarian knows you need to eat a complementary set of plants to get the proper dietary intake to survive.

    The movie’s premise is basically that biology some how sucks (life) and we need new physics to save it. When in reality it is impossible for people to even survive on corn let alone for a virus to wipe out everything edible other than corn. You can eat bacteria/viruses/fungus/insects too has all of that gone extinct too because it makes no sense to have corn and nothing else. Life is surprisingly resilient and while humans may die off life won’t stop until the earth gets completely and utterly obliterated.

    When the movie said we don’t need engineers anymore it was also pretty dumb because there are biological/chemical/agricultural engineers that would easily be able to make/find/develop a resistant or alternative food sources. But no lets say earth is doomed and use a wormhole to try and save it. It is like inventing a time machine to cook your dinner faster.

  3. Well, same old tired Hollywood political rant on global warming…too bad the temps have been level the last 17 years and many parts of the midwest just experienced their coldest winters every, followed by their coldest summers ever. Not to mention, even IF global warming was happening, colder areas would become the new crop growing areas. In areas of warmer temps, there is higher biodiversity, like the rain forest. I will wait and see, but if the movie is just about global warming, they won’t see a nickel of my money. MUCH more plausible, war or pandemic outbreaks will happen long before any imaginary “man-made global warming” occurs. Or, civil unrest due to lack of electricity from shutting down perfectly coal fire plants…well, except in China, India, etc., etc., etc….

    • I totally agree.

  4. if the “warmers” get their way, the technology to go thru a wormhole will have been shut down by those same governments like Gore and Obama envision. So if the premise of the movie is true, like the “warmers” believe and hope, then the solution proposed by the movie will not be feasible, no matter how possi-/prob- able. The exhaust of a rocket launch is the equivalent of 1000 traffic jambs or 100 jet takeoffs, and would/will be one of the first things to be shut down.

  5. Climate is changing but for the better. I like fantasy movies though.

  6. I enjoyed Inception and The Dark Night Rises and their memorable Zimmer scores.

    Nolan took Interstellar from being a potentially fabulous movie and decibelled it to death. Half the dialogue was drowned out with overpowering bass, organ, percussion and cacaphoney of noise. It was literally a painful experience. And the amateurish shakey camera syndrome and lens flare didn’t help.

    Why did Nolan have to raise the volume to the point where my insides were on the verge of hemmoraging? My wife took out both her hearing aids and told me it was still too loud. I was looking forward to this movie for months and came away disappointed after its viewing, or should I say HEARING! I hope with Nolan’s next venture he is prohibited from entering the sound editing booth.

    Zimmer’s score was forgetable.

    Kubrick’s legacy is in no way threatened by Interstellar.

  7. I think it’s horrible that we need to create a movie about our own gluttony. However, I suspect the news is more entertaining in a movie than to make this realization in real life. But who will learn from it–the audience? I believe there is a better alternative, rather than the simpleton plot of humanity finds another food supply, why not depict a more natural alternative DArwinian path rather than technological superiority solves the movie story’s problem. There’s more clues, but I’m going to save that for my story–money, u no!