'Interstellar' Teaser Trailer: Christopher Nolan Reaches for the Stars

Saturday, 14 December 2013 14:03 Written by  iamrogue
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'Interstellar' Teaser Trailer: Christopher Nolan Reaches for the Stars

The first trailer for Interstellar has arrived, giving our first real sense of Christopher Nolan's original sci-fi event movie.

This trailer features very little footage from Interstellar itself, since Nolan is still in production.  Even so, it announces in no uncertain terms that the director and co-writer is aiming very, very high on his first film since wrapping up his Batman trilogy.

Written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan, the 2014 release "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."

A few years back, the first teaser for Nolan's last original tale, Inception, leaned on the "BWAM" machine and deliberately inspired a sense of "What the hell is going on here?"  Since then, innumerable trailers have cribbed Inception's style, but if you were expecting Interstellar to follow suit, then you're in for a surprise.  This trailer represents a zig rather than a zag, a straightforward and aspirational meditation on the final frontier and humanity's urge to explore, to move.

"We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible," narrates Matthew McConaughey. "And we count these moments, these moments when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown, known."

I've already said too much.  Just watch the trailer, which arrives online today after debuting in theaters with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday.

Amen, trailer.  Amen.

Does this remind anybody else of Neil deGrasse Tyson holding forth on dreaming, willing tomorrow into existence, and NASA?

Back to Interstellar, though.  All the corn imagery in this teaser isn't just evoking heartland sturdiness and whatnot.  Corn is actually vital to the plot of Interstellar.  If you want to know how, then click here for a bit of a spoiler and some set photos.

Aside from the corn, most everything about this film is shrouded in mystery.  We do know, though, that Interstellar is inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who serves as a consultant and executive producer.

McConaughey leads a cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, Ellen Burnstyn, and even Matt Damon.

This marks Nolan's first feature since his debut The Following not to be shot by cinematographer Wally Pfister, who is busy working on his own directorial debut, Transcendence.  In his stead, Hoyte Van Hoytema, who shot Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, takes over as director of photography.  Even without Pfister, Nolan continues to shoot on 35mm film rather than going digital.  And he continues tinkering with jumbo-sized IMAX cameras, going so far as to slap one on the nose of a jet.

Interstellar is scheduled to hit theaters and IMAX on November 7, 2014.

Did this trailer seem like a not funny version of the opening credits for Star Trek: Enterprise or is that just us?

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