Following her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in last year’s Les Miserables, it looks like Anne Hathaway is about to dream a different kind of dream: according to Deadline, the actress is close to finalizing a deal to reunite with her Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan for the filmmaker’s newest movie, Interstellar. If the deal goes through (which seems likely), she’ll join the already-cast Matthew McConaughey in the science fiction mind-bender, which – like all of Nolan’s films – is shrouded in secrecy.
Here’s what we know about the project so far: Back in 2006, Steven Spielberg hired Chris Nolan’s brother Jonah (aka Jonathan) to write the screenplay so Spielberg himself could direct it. We’re not entirely sure what it’s about, as the official logline simply says the movie “will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.” We do know it’s a time travel story based on the concept of wormholes as researched by American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who will executive produce the movie. As is often the case with the ever-busy Spielberg, he found other projects to work on and Interstellar sat in limbo for a few years. But soon after completing his Bat-trilogy, Christopher Nolan was on the hunt for a new film to make, so he dusted off Jonah’s old script and incorporated some fresh ideas of his own, taking sole screenwriting credit while Jonah will likely get a “story by” credit in the final film.
Matthew McConaughey was the first person cast in the movie (though we don’t know who he’ll play yet), which continues his excellent run of projects and career resurgence over the past couple of years. And now Hathaway is the second person to come aboard, and this will be her first time working in the science fiction genre. Hopefully Interstellar can work some magic on the actress’s public image, which has took a big hit during Oscar season as many pegged her as being disingenuous during her campaign. In any case, I’m stoked to see McConaughey and Hathaway work together here, and Nolan is known for securing terrific casts for his films, so we’re expecting a few more big names to join before all is said and done. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Caine signed on any day now. (Caine has worked with Nolan on the director’s last five films in a row.) Could Inception and Dark Knight Rises star Joseph-Gordon Levitt be far behind, reuniting with McConaughey from their early days working together on Angels in the Outfield? Hopefully, but we’ll find out soon.
This movie is also so big that – in a very rare move – two rival studios are joining forces to bring it to audiences: Paramount will be handling domestic distribution, while Warner Bros. will take the international distribution duties. Interstellar hits theaters and IMAX on November 7th, 2014. Are you as pumped as we are to see Nolan’s newest film?
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