Director Christopher Nolan has included many different science fiction elements in some of his films outside the celebrated Dark Knight trilogy. From the unsettling device created by Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) in his Victorian-set dramatic thriller The Prestige to the dream-sharing technology central to the innerscape of Inception, Nolan’s profound respect for sci-fi has been ever-present.
This November, his epic Interstellar will premiere. It will be his longest film to date, and his first major foray into the realm of hard sci-fi. Longtime Nolan fans will not need any convincing to see this – for many, it will be their most anticipated movie of the year. For casual moviegoers, the film’s striking imagery and starry cast (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain) should draw a significant crowd.
While there is still plenty of mystery surrounding the film’s plot (which is typical of Nolan films), the film’s previous TV spots and full-length trailers have given us the basic story: a pilot named Cooper (McConaughey) joins a desperate mission to travel through a recently-discovered wormhole to a distant planet in an attempt to save humanity, which is experiencing grand-scale ecological disasters.
We now have a new, longer TV trailer that adds some new details and footage in between some of the more familiar imagery. Check out the trailer above.
The most fascinating additions to the material we’ve already seen are the walking, monolith-type robot and the details about McConaughey’s mission and what they’re looking for: a habitable planet. The past trailers have frontloaded our home planet’s impending doom, but despite talk about “habitable planets within reach,” much of the film’s proceedings have been left vague.
Now we know that while McConaughey and company are away on their journey, every hour will equal seven years going by on Earth. Given the input of American astrophysicist Kip Thorne – who researched, among many other things, the possibility that manipulation of spacetime through traversable wormholes actually would not produce paradoxes – we can expect a grounded approach to deep space exploration.
This only provokes a great deal of questions. Have they found a way to utilize wormholes and manipulate them? How can they possibly relocate the entire human race before our planet becomes unlivable? The more personal stakes for McConaughey’s character stem from facing the choice between his family and his planet.
It’s an impossible choice, and these are impossible questions, which makes this approach to deep sci-fi one of the most exciting releases of the year.
Interstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014