Cast & Credits:
Release Date: November 5, 2014 (IMAX; wide: Nov. 7)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace, David Gyasi
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some intense perilous action and brief strong language)
Budget: $165,000,000 (estimated)
Official Website: http://Interstellarmovie.com
Tagline: The end of Earth will not be the end of us.
"Interstellar" 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.
In the near future Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen their lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage, into the unknown. However, through the wormhole, one hour is the equivalent of seven years back on Earth, so the mission won't work if the people on Earth are dead by the time they pull it off. And Coop, the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race.
Did You Know?
Steven Spielberg, who was attached to direct the film in 2006 and hired Jonathan Nolan to write the screenplay, chose other projects instead. In 2012, after Spielberg's departure, Jonathan Nolan suggested the project to his own brother Christopher Nolan.
Christopher Nolan cast Matthew McConaughey after seeing his performance in Mud (2012). It was an "ideal moment" for Nolan when they landed a Texas native, McConaughey, for the lead role. "I'm thrilled for him right now." It was McConaughey's venture into indie films that helped land him the role. Nolan recalled, "I didn't know how much potential he had until I saw Mud (2012). Not just as a leading man, but sheer acting talent." He remarked that in McConaughey, he "needed an everyday man who can experience these extraordinary events."
Christpher Nolan screened a print of The Right Stuff (1983) for the crew before the filming started.
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