It looks like the only place blockbuster director Christopher Nolan had to go after the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy‘ was up. He has returned to work for the first time since that record-breaking series, stepping behind the camera for the science fiction film ‘Interstellar’. The script is written by his brother Jonathan Nolan and was originally penned for Steven Spielberg to direct and drew heavily from the research by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who specializes in wormholes and time travel technology. Thorne serves as a consultant and executive producer on the movie.
The film is being joint distributed by Paramount and Warner Brothers, who issued a press release to announce that the film had begun shooting in Alberta, Canada. Unfortunately, as is the norm with Nolan’s films very few details of the film’s content was revealed.
Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), the production will travel the globe and utilize a mixture of 35mm anamorphic and IMAX film photography to bring to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Nolan will reunite with two of his ‘Dark Knight’ veterans, Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth) and Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman). ‘Interstellar’ also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi and Topher Grace.
Screenrant hypothesizes that two castings in particular, 12-year-old Mackenzie Foy (‘The Conjuring‘) and 80-year-old Ellen Burstyn (‘Requiem for a Dream’), suggest that the time travel aspect of the story may hint toward multiple actors playing the same character at different ages. “It would certainly make sense for the Nolan siblings to examine the effects of time, space and relativity on everyday human life, in the context of a narrative like that which is teased in the official press release.”
The press release also lists many of the professionals that will be assisting Nolan behind the camera, which also includes many names that the director has worked with in the past.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Fighter”), Academy Award®-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy), Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Mary Zophres (“Gangster Squad,” “True Grit”) Academy Award®-nominated editor Lee Smith “The Dark Knight” Trilogy,” “Elysium,”), Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), and Academy Award®-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy).
Like ‘Inception‘, expect this film to employ weighty science fiction elements, stunning visuals and complex human drama to deliver a gripping final film.
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