Dark Knight trilogy and Inception director Christopher Nolan has never failed to think big (nor balked at ambitious ventures), but his upcoming film Interstellar - based on a script that was co-written by his brother, Jonathan, and informed by the space travel theories of astrophysicist Kip Thorne - looks as though it has the potential to be his most impressive creation to date, judging by the latest trailer.
The project remains largely hidden away behind a curtain ahead of its theatrical debut (as all Nolan productions have been for years now), but it's been revealed that the film's story revolves around a pilot named Cooper (Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey) who undertakes a far-reaching space mission - a journey that represents a last ditch effort to save humanity from extinction, in the wake of a global ecological collapse on Earth.
Nolan and McConaughey premiered the latest Interstellar trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con last week (read our recap of the film's panel), but it is now online for everyone else to watch (see the top of this article). It was originally available to be unlocked via the official Interstellar website, by entering the code 7201969 (which represents the date of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, on July 20, 1969).
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was cited as being a heavy influence on Interstellar by Nolan, when he spoke during the film's Comic-Con panel. The movie's latest trailer suggest just as much, in terms of just the sheer scale and grand cosmic imagery on display. (How cool is that final shot of a foreign planet going to look in IMAX, right?)
Of course, as is true for all of Nolan's films, the impressive spectacle has a very intimate emotional core: a story of a father, who just wants his children to feel safe and not dread what tomorrow may bring. There's a meta element to the proceedings as well, seeing how Nolan is someone who remains optimistic about cinema's future (read his essay on the subject), and the parallels between the filmmaking industry and the setting from Interstellar are readily apparent, metaphorically speaking.
Combine all that with a great cast - one that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and (of course) Michael Caine, among others - and there seems to be a pretty good chance that Interstellar will prove to be a true modern sci-fi classic.
Interstellar opens in U.S. theaters on November 7th, 2014.
Source: Warner Bros.
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