The trailer for mastermind movie maker Christopher Nolan‘s newest project, the space-themed Interstellar, was released Monday. The teaser shows little of the movie’s plot but has fans thrilled and eager for more, as Nolan is a reliably epic storyteller. The movie also comes at a time when space thrillers are in high demand due to the enormous success of Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity.
The Interstellar trailer begins with a close up of a corn field and the instantly recognizable voice of megastar Matthew McConaughey telling us how “we’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible.” Followed by a moment of silence, viewers anxiously imagine what Nolan and the movie have in store for us and what “impossible” feat will be attempted. The trailer then teases by featuring real-life clips of aviation and space shuttles interspersed with quick movie clips, including a tearful McConaughey driving away in a pickup down a dirt road.
The teaser ends with McConaughey realizing that “our destiny lies above us” and viewers left watching a shuttle launched into the atmosphere. The movie’s title, “Interstellar,” skillfully appears on the screen vertical and parallel alongside the launching ship.
Little is revealed of the story line, which perfectly shadows how little is known of Nolan’s new movie in general. Interstellar is the director’s first movie since completing The Dark Knight Trilogy. Nolan also directed the blockbuster Inception and the esteemed mystery thriller Memento.
Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan wrote the original screenplay and based the script on the work of Cal Tech astrophysicist Kip Thorne, with Stephen Spielberg originally attached to direct, as reported by MTV.com. Thorne is a renowned astrophysicist perhaps most famous for his controversial theory that wormholes could conceivably be used for time travel.
Nolan then gained access to the project and reworked the script while maintaining the principle ideas from his brother’s screenplay. IMDB.com summarizes the film as “a group of explorers 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. An additional rumored plot point that seems to be confirmed in the trailer’s attention to corn fields is that the movie takes place in a near-future setting where the vegetable has become the world’s only growable crop.
Interstellar also features an incredible cast of A-list superstars, including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Casey Affleck.
The film is slated to be released on Nov. 7, 2014.