Christopher Nolan Wants Matthew McConaughey for ‘Interstellar’

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Since his breakout role in 1993′s Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey has been a Hollywood star, but the 43-year-old actor has been on an especially impressive run over the last two years. In 2011, McConaughey won praise for performances in three critically-acclaimed films: The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, and Killer Joe. Then, in 2012, McConaughey continued his streak with two well-received indie films (The Paperboy and Mud) and the box office hit Magic Mike.

Now, as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, McConaughey will have the opportunity to take his career to yet another level in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

According to Deadline, Nolan has already offered McConaughey the lead role in the science fiction film. As we reported when Nolan was first circling the project, Interstellar focuses on a group of explorers who travel through a wormhole and is based on the scientific theories of Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne. The film, which was written by  Jonathan Nolan, was originally set up for Steven Spielberg. Since taking over the project, Nolan has worked with his brother on the script to incorporate some of his own original ideas.

McConaughey recently wrapped up both Dallas Buyers Club (for which he lost a reported 40 lbs) and The Wolf of Wall Street, but seems to have an opening in his schedule. There’s no word yet on whether he has accepted the part, but given Nolan’s track record, it would be hard to pass up.

 Christopher Nolan Wants Matthew McConaughey for Interstellar

There was a time when it was very easy to dismiss McConaughey as an actor, particularly in the early to mid-2000s when he mostly starred in romantic comedies. “Oh, Matthew McConaughey? Yeah – the guy who women love because he takes his shirt off in all his movies.”

In hindsight, however, it’s apparent that McConaughey has always been a strong actor when he’s chosen the right roles. If Interstellar offers the same kind of storytelling that we’ve come to expect from Christopher Nolan, then it could be the perfect opportunity for McConaughey to parlay his recent success in smaller character-driven features into an intelligent and action-packed blockbuster.

What do you think of Nolan’s choice for lead actor? Let us know in the comments.

Interstellar is scheduled to be released in theaters November 7th, 2014.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Great choice. McConaughey chose good projects and it will be pay off. He will give stellar performance, I’m sure of it.

    • You mean, “he will give [an] [inter]stellar performance!

      Ah ha? AmIright?

      • Bazinga!

  2. He has had his incredibly annoying roles, but he’s a good actor. There’s a presumably good script and a great director behind him, so I would be very satisfied if this pans out. In Nolan i trust!

    • A good philosophy to have. Nolan has earned a bit of trust. Also, Di Caprio also used to be a useless pretty boy until he suddenly wasn’t.

      • Yeah, but as much as I love Nolan, it wasn’t Nolan who turned him around. He had already been in plenty of non-Titanic roles before Inception. Departed, Blood Diamond, Aviator, Catch me if you can, to name a few.

  3. as long as kate hudson not along for the ride im fine

  4. Meh. Contact and Lincoln Lawyer were ok, but he seems to be the same guy in everything. He doesnt even try to change the way he speaks in different roles.

  5. Awesome.
    I wonder if Bale, who starred with MM in Reign of Fire, and has recently reconnected with him, put the idea in Nolan’s head.

    • i think you just wrote the sequel to inception.

      • i lol’d

  6. Nice to see Nolan is branching out a bit and bringing in some good talent. Not that I have any issue with Nolan playing with the same actors over and over (*cough* Marion Cotillard *cough*).

  7. Lead a Chris Nolan space mission? Yeah, I could see him play that..

  8. Sounds great, Nolan brings out the best on actors. I want Nolan to work with James Franco.


  9. This will be interesting

  10. Alright alright al… hmmm I dont know?

  11. Is this gonna be another movie with an ending that you have to interpret.I’m sick of those.Just make a damn closed ending already without any questions of he is dreaming or is he awake, or is he dead or alive.

  12. This could work nicely, if he lays off the wacky backy while he’s shooting this. Matt isn’t exactly quick with his ad-libbing, he’s always done nicely when he works with strong directors.

  13. Despite all the haters, McConoughey is a great actor.
    But him as the lead in a big sci-fi movie? … I’m a little nervous.

    It depends on what the character’s like I guess.

  14. Not a fan a Matthew Mconhaughey, Ha, but will never question another Nolan casting choice again, admittedly I went “Oh my god, what an awful piece of casting, just horrible” when I found out Ledger was set to play The Joker. Didn’t learn from my mistake either, had a similar reaction to the casting choice of Hathaway.

    Well Nolan you’ve proved me wrong twice so I’ll keep my mouth shut, I’m sure you know what you’re doing

  15. A great choice and an actor deserving of a bona fide success as leading man.

    Apparently Christopher Nolan sees that or he’s just a big fan of Reign of Fire. :)

  16. I think MM (Not going to write his last name out each time) doesn’t want to be type-cast. Not at this time, when he is hot, and at his age, where he is looking for more roles that don’t require him to be shirtless. Not that he wasn’t willing to go above and beyond the movie’s demands for that in the past. He’s past being strictly a pretty boy, but he certainly has to be keen to take on enough different and challenging role to ensure he’s not type-cast. But what’s more intriguing is not the potential casting choices, but how Nolan handles a full-on sci-fi movie with all the requirements for increased visual effects and his previously expressed stances on trying to use minimal CGI. I wonder also if he will continue to film a lot in IMAX for this.

    • Writing Matthew MConhaughey, would of taken considerably less time to write than “(Not going to write his last name out each time)”

      Anyway, what a pointless post, mine, not yours.

      • Yeah, but it was entertaining.

  17. Granted, this is a little eyebrow raising, but there was a time that this very same director cast a man by the name of Heath Ledger as the sadistic psychopath known as the Joker.

    All I’m saying is Nolan know how to cast the hell out of a film.

  18. I think McConaughy is a great choice, he is a solid, charismatic actor and can do action well, see Sahara, that was pretty cool and it’s a shame it never continued into a franchise!

    Now Nolan is done with the Bat he can get back to making awesome original movies!

  19. I actually like the choice. MM started out pretty bad. I didn’t like him at the beginning but when he did Killer Joe that just changed my mind about him and judging from what people are saying about Mud I am pretty optimistic. My question is though can he pull off a sci-fi film being the lead? I think he can and I am guessing he is looking to branch out from the norm.

  20. Very very interesting choice, glad to see Nolan work with someone new though I wished it s Idris Elba.. I love MM he is one of the coolest guys in Hollywood and this performance could do wonders for his already improving career.

  21. ‘Killer Joe’ was critically acclaimed?? Really? He was as bad in that as he was in the Texas Chainsaw remake. That movie sucked.

    I loved him in ‘A Time to Kill’ and ‘Lincoln Lawyer’, but his movies are hit or miss big time.

    • Lmao, every critic disagrees with your assessment of McCongughey’s performance. McConaughey was easily the highlight of the film with an outstanding performance.

      • Lmao, even the user review at rotten tomatoes was only 62%, so you’re apparently way off base when you say ‘every critic’.

        A dirty pedophile cop forcing some trailer trash mother to blow a chicken wing in front of her beat-down family…definitely Grade A cinema there…I can’t believe it didn’t win an Academy Award!

  22. The last movie I saw with him was this years Mud which was a fantastic film and a great performance.

  23. MM + Worm holes =…..

  24. Dang it! I wanted the lead role…

  25. Stewie Griffin said it best:

  26. Yea I think you summed it up best, when he’s cast in the right role he always done a great job. Think he would be amazing with a Nolan project

  27. I dig M^2, he is a good actor and thats all I care about. He was great in A Time to Kill, Frailty, Lincoln Lawyer, Two for the Money, etc… sure he has some duds, but so does anyone with enough films under their belt…

    • Completely forgot about Frailty…that movie was excellent! (although the twist was pretty obvious throughout the whole movie)

  28. This movie may finally bring McConnaughey to the league of A-listers. He’s been struggling to get to that level his entire career.

    On a different note, Sci fi thrillers seem to be what Nolan does best. Looking at Interstellar, I very much hope DC get him to produce a future Green Lantern reboot.

  29. Just no,I really don`t like MM good or bad choices he is just annoying,I love Nolan movies please don`t ruin it by casting him.