Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Casts Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow & More [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 5:01 pm,

Mackenzie Foy and Ellen Burstyn cast in Christopher Nolans Interstellar Nolans Interstellar Casts Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow & More [Updated]

Preparations for filming Christopher Nolan’s new wormhole-oriented science fiction movie Interstellar have already begun in Alberta, Canada, and the cameras are set to begin rolling some time this summer. With a screenplay written by the director’s brother, Jonah Nolan, which was later rewritten to include C. Nolan’s own original ideas, Interstellar is based on the works of famed theoretical physicist Kip Thorne and his ideas about the potential practicalities of wormhole travel, making it a highly appealing project for science geeks.

Co-financed and produced by Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., Interstellar has picked up cast members steadily, with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway recruited to play the lead roles quite early on, and Nolan later picking up Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin and Nolan’s old favorite, Michael Caine, to round out the team.

Now The Wrap has announced three new casting updates for Interstellar, the most interesting of which is the news that Ellen Burstyn, who has received six Oscar nominations over the course of her career, and won the Best Leading Actress award in 1975 for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Burstyn recently worked with young actress Mackenzie Foy (who played Renesmee, the awkwardly-named child of Edward and Bella, in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2) on Darnell Martin’s indie drama Wish You Well, and the pair are now set to reunite onscreen, as Nolan has also cast Foy in a role for Interstellar.

The other new addition to the cast is Homeland star Timothée Chalamet. The teen actor was more or less unknown prior to his role as Finn Walden, son of Vice President William Walden, in the Showtime series, and as the second younger name to be revealed this week, it will be interesting to see what kind of part he plays in Interstellar. Perhaps he and Foy will be family members of the team who are sent through the wormhole.

[UPDATE: The Wrap has just revealed that John Lithgow has also joined the cast of Interstellar. No details on the role he’ll be playing, but we’re guessing he’s the High Commander.]

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Casting and talent news has occupied almost all of the updates about Interstellar so far, since Nolan has been customarily cagey about plot details. AICN recently claimed to have read a leaked draft of the script, however, and released a few scant details about what it includes (which seem to be genuine, considering the studio quickly demanded that they be taken down).

In that draft of the script, the story was set in a future version of Earth where the global economy has completely broken down, along with many of the world’s governments. A rip in time and space occurs, and the last remaining dregs of NASA organize a mission to investigate it and try and find salvation for mankind.

This sounds like a decent set-up through which to explore the science at the heart of the movie, even if dystopian future settings are starting to become a little wrung-out at the moment, and coincidentally bears quite a few similarities to the storyline of this summer’s action sci-fi Pacific Rim. The actual plot of the film is apparently a little more complicated than it sounds, so expect to be surprised when it finally hit theaters.


Interstellar is currently set for release on November 7, 2014.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. And john lithgow

  2. what is the name of that song by belinda, “there is a heaven on earth”
    maybe nolan wants the lost in space crew to find the heavens, or maybe
    he wants to find the bat and bring him to save us all, or maybe he hopes
    to find some friendly kaijus, or anthony perkins from black hole, or the pirates of the carribean from outer space, or the little roboto wall-e.
    LOL glad someone leaked some of this script so we dont hear from the some of the nolan obsessed fans losing sleep over secret script.

  3. nolam is crazy cant wait for dis mang

  4. Great cast. Can’t wait for it.

  5. So, we’ve got 2 young actors, and 2 old actors, one male and one female, that were recently cast. This is just blatant speculation, but I wonder if they’re playing the younger and older versions of the main characters.

    Anyways, I’m pumped for this movie. Great director and great cast.

    • Interesting idea ezra! And I couldn’t have said it better than you so I’ll just qoute you “I’m pumped for this movie. Great director and great cast.” -ezra

      Me too!

      • I agree ezra. That was my first thought too. Great to see Nolan back to doing original material again.

  6. This is my most anticipated film of 2014 by far. Too bad I have to wait until November to see it!

  7. Nolan is a king, This movie is gonna rock i just know, As far as sci-fi goes, inception was one off the greats, so I can only imagine whats going to be brought to us in Interstellar. Completely agree with ChrisA90… just hope theres no push back to a further fate then nov.

  8. WOW! I’m all in for Interstellar and it’s hopefully storyline. November 2014 can’t come any faster!

    • Oh Stop it !…do you want to get older?

      • I’m already 26 years old. ;)

        • I`m 32 and I want to stay like that forever

  9. Sounds like “INCEPTION” meets “THE TIME MACHINE”, anything that Nolan’s involved in I`m up for it. So far his projects are impressive

  10. Imagine if you will a wormhole that you created with one mouth on a spaceship orbiting Earth and the other opening on Earth. Now if you could accelerate the ship to near the speed of light on an ark like trajectory leaving Earth and returning in one year by the time measured on the ship you would have a TIME TUNNEL which you could cross into the past or the future. The limitation in this scenario of course is that you could only go back in time as far as when you first left Earth on the spaceship.

    Now if the ship was a wormhole creating machine and you could create many different holes leaving one end of them on Earth for each ark journey you could have multiple avenues into the past and the future. So now you deposit $5000.00 American in your favorite bank jump into your wormhole to the most distant future that banks are still around and withdraw the money. Then you take the money back to your home time the day after tomorrow, lets say and deposit the money back into the bank in a different account. Now working backwards from that most distant wormhole you keep withdrawing from separate accounts the accumulated interest and principle redepositing the money in the home time until on your final trip to the most distant future you withdraw a gojillion dollars. Now you take all that loot, enough to create the wormhole technology and the wormhole spaceship machine and you make them.

    Now after all this my question is, why don’t we already have wormhole technology? Why haven’t you created yet, hmm, hmm???

    • Let me guess why… You don’t have time!

  11. I can’t wait to see this. Nolan doing Big Sci-Fi is something to look forward to for sure.

  12. I think the projections of a troubling future by hollywood movie writers is a direct reflection of what we see happening around us today. I think movies like this strike a chord with movie goers who are looking for glimmer of hope in the midst of what appears to be an uncertain future. Real hope not an empty political slogan.