Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Adds Casey Affleck to Cast

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David Lowery’s indie drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints stars Casey Affleck as a man who takes the fall for a crime committed by his wife and escapes from prison years later in order to return to his family. It made a lot of waves with critics when it screened at Sundance earlier this year, and it looks like it will be one of the more hard-hitting dramas of 2013.

When questioned about his future endeavours in a recent interview, Affleck replied, “I’m going to work on a Chris Nolan movie in the fall.”


Since Nolan will begin preparation for principal photography on his new science fiction film Interstellar this summer, filming will likely get underway properly in the fall, so there’s no doubt that Affleck is referring to Interstellar in the interview with Elle.

So far, the cast of Interstellar has mainly been built out of actors who don’t frequent the science-fiction genre. The film will be led by Matthew McConaughey, a romance drama veteran whose most recent feature starring role was as a male stripper in Magic Mike, and who hasn’t been near a sci-fi film since 1997′s Contact. Female stars Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway are also best known for their roles in romances and dramas – though Hathaway of course starred in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The cast member with the greatest genre clout so far is Nolan favorite Michael Caine, who played Alfred in all three of the director’s Batman films, had a key role in Inception, and starred in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.

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Interstellar is reportedly based on the theories of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who helped to popularize the use of wormhole theory in modern science fiction. It will be interesting to see whether Thorne ends up being involved in the film (in a consulting capacity); the project has been described as an odyssey “to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” He has expressed enthusiasm in the past for experiments on the possibilities of wormhole theory, especially in science-fiction, where authors can explore the potential adventures of future civilizations who have access to technology we haven’t discovered yet. In one interview, Thorne outlined the importance of thought experiments in the establishment of modern theoretical physics:

“Thought experiments, Einstein taught us, are a powerful tool for probing the nature of physics – the nature of fundamental law – and he used thought experiments in formulating the laws of relativity. They were his crucial tool. In a similar way, I believe thought experiments about wormholes and about time travel are powerful ways to come to grips with the nature of space and time.”

The script for Interstellar was originally written by Jonah Nolan, who created CBS show Person of Interest and also performed writing duties for a number of his brother’s projects, including Memento, The Prestige and The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan has adapted Jonah’s script to include his own original idea - though it’s still unclear what that idea was.

Due to the customary secrecy that’s surrounding Interstellar, it’s not yet known who Affleck will be playing, or indeed any of the specifics regarding what the explorers’ wormhole mission is. Due to information leaks and promotional teases, however, it becomes a lot harder to keep the nature of a project completely under wraps after filming begins, so expect more details about Interstellar to become available once principal photography has begun.


Interstellar is out in theaters on November 7th, 2014.

Source: Elle

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  1. Nice to see that I’m Still Here didn’t derail Affleck’s career. Just another reason to look forward to Interstellar.

  2. Way to go nolan, yet another great ensambled cast

  3. While Ben is a great director, after seeing Gone Baby Gone, I believe Casey is the better actor of the 2 brothers. Great choice, and this cast is looking fantastic so far. Can’t wait!

  4. Casey was awesome in The Killer Inside Me, would be good to see him on villain duties!

    • Killer Inside Me is unbelievably under appreciated IMO mainly because of Affleck’s performance.
      I’m happy to see him cast in this. As they say hiring ‘talent’ is never a bad thing and so far this is an extremely talented cast…

  5. I’m looking forward to this,as I’m a fan of both of the Nolan brothers work,like Johnathan Nolan’s PERSON OF INTEREST,and of course most of all Christopher’s movie’s especially THE DARK KNIGHT and INCEPTION,I like their dark but some how fun aspects of their movie making style.

  6. Gonna be looking forward to it. I don’t doubt it’ll be great, but I also know I’ll be left hungry for a sequel, like with Inception. Why doesn’t Nolan do sequels outside of Batman?

    • Cause inception needs no sequal, there is no way to continue the story its over

      • Uhhh, original idea? Isn’t the movie based on the theories of Kip Thorne?

        • It’s still an original idea. Did Kip Thorne come up with an idea for an adventure through space? Did Kip Thorne write a screenplay and come up with a story? No. Every original idea is based off something, some inspiration.

    • @GG

      None of his movies need sequels. Following, Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, and Inception are all stand-alone movies. Not every film needs a sequel, and often it spoils the appeal of the original.

  7. Hmmm…might be worth a peek on Netflix.

    • A Nolan filmed movie deserves to be watched at the best theater possible. Someone said that same thing about Gravity. Are you people serious? The theater is better than any home viewing you can do.

    • Lol….is there anything that warrants more than a Netflix view? I’ve seen you say that on several threads.

  8. My most anticipated film of nexr year, cant wait to see another original idea from jonah and chris

    • Inception original????? Hardly, the movie was a modern version of dennis quaids dreamscape.
      The safe in movie was in a howard the comic book. Audiences are so easy to fool on
      So called original ideas.

      • Original as in not from adapted material … some buddy is trying to pick a useless fight. And people say nolanites cause all the problems. Nothing is original anymore there is 100 movies a year amd you pointed out an old film that is still pretty diffrent. Inception wasnt a sequal or from a book or game therefore original.

        • +1

          I think it’s safe to call Inception an original movie, just like the upcoming movies Pacific Rim, Elysium, and Gravity would be considered original. Sure, the movie may be based off of ideas that someone else thought of first, but compared to all of the sequels, prequels, reboots, and other adaptations of previously adapted characters and stories, which are usually make up 9 out of 10 of the top box office each week.

          Besides, can we really call any single idea “original”? Is there any film out there that doesn’t have any ideas or elements borrowed from someone or something? I seriously doubt it.

  9. This movie is starting to look like a ripoff of the book heart of the comet, 2001 or lost in space with wormholes instead of blackholes.

    • Omg a space movie such a ripoff. Please we know nothing about the film

  10. Everything Nolan does is bad so why even see this?

    • Really?

      • Corey im assuming its sarcasm

        • Hey, good call. Im Traps Like Bane for crying out loud! Nolan is a genius, no joke. Hollywood would be in a much better state if there were more filmmakers like Nolan around.

          • Traps, you scared me there for a second.

  11. I’m always excited about time travel films and about Nolan’s films, so I’m doubly excited!

  12. Nolan is a great story teller but his direction in The Dark Knight Rises was shocking. Scenes that go from daytime to middle of the night, shoes that go from heals to flat.. He ruined that trilogy for me with stuff like that. Shoddy work Mr Nolan. Saying that though, I’m willing to give him another chance, because like I said, he’s a great story teller, and with Casey on board, it should make for a pretty good cinematic experience.

    • I would say the dark knight rises was riddled with time junps. The biggest fault of the movie IMO is the decision to fit 8-12 months into one film.