Christopher Nolan fans who prefer Inception to the Dark Knight trilogy or The Prestige are no doubt excited by the director’s decision to jump into the sci-fi genre with both feet for his next film. Interstellar is based on the theories of famed theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, and will explore the fertile storytelling depths of wormhole theory, time travel, and alternate dimensions.
Casting for the film is already quite far along, with Matthew McConaughey confirmed to play the male lead, Anne Hathaway in line to play the female lead, and Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine in other roles. There’s still a big question mark as to what kind of characters they”ll be playing, and given Nolan’s love of secrecy it’s safe to say that there will be many more question marks to come.
In an interview with Collider, composer Hans Zimmer has confirmed that not only is he working on the score for Interstellar, but he has actually already started writing the music for it. This is quite different from his approach to writing the score for this summer’s release of Superman origin story Man of Steel; for that project, Zimmer admitted to being so daunted by working in the shadow of John Williams that he procrastinated for months. Perhaps something in the script for Interstellar has given him inspiration.
Zimmer is widely considered to be one of the most talented composers working in Hollywood today, and has previously collaborated with Nolan on Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy. One long-time Nolan collaborator who won’t be returning to work with the director on Interstellar, however, is cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has been the director of photography on six out of the eight feature films that Nolan has released so far.
Pfister is unable to work on Interstellar due to the fact that he is entirely focused on his own sci-fi film, which will also be his directorial debut, Transcendence. Pfister has an extremely capable replacement, however, in the form of Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has never been the director of photography on a Nolan film, but did work with the Dark Knight himself (Christian Bale) in David O. Russell’s drama The Fighter. Van Hoytema was nominated for a BAFTA after his beautiful work on John Le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and recently completed cinematography for Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.
However strongly you might be invested in auteur theory, there’s no denying that a strong team of technical and artistic creatives is crucial to a director’s ability to produce the best film possible, and so far Interstellar already has some healthy vertebrae in its cinematic backbone.
Interstellar is currently scheduled for general release on November 7, 2014.