Jessica Chastain & Michael Caine Join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Monday, 06 May 2013 08:16 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Jessica Chastain & Michael Caine Join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

When Christopher Nolan wants  Oscar-caliber actors, Christopher Nolan gets Oscar-caliber actors.

The two latest are Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine, both of whom are joining Nolan's science-fiction adventure Interstellar.

Not much is known about Interstellar, as Nolan and company are keeping it very hush-hush and on the q-t.  The project started out as a Steven Spielberg joint several years back, when the director became intrigued of making an original sci-fi tale based around some concepts popularized by Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip Thorne.  The Bearded One tasked Jonathan Nolan with writing the screenplay.  With Spielberg out and his Dark Knight trilogy wrapped up, the elder Nolan jumped aboard, grafting his own idea on the younger Nolan's script as co-writer.

And now Interstellar is casting up in order to meet the November 7, 2014 release date set by Warner Bros. and Paramount, the two studios teaming up to make the movie happen.

According to Deadline, Chastain is currently in talks for the film's third lead.  Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are set to star in the two lead roles.

Chastain has twice been nominated for Academy Awards thanks to her performances in Zero Dark Thirty and The Help, having appeared seemingly out of nowhere in 2011 and rocketing immediately to stardom with turns in films like The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, Lawless, Coriolanus, and Mama.

Deadline reports that Caine, meanwhile, is set to appear in an as-yet unspecified role.  This is absolutely no surprise, as Caine has appeared the director's last five movies – all three Dark Knight entries, as well as The Prestige and Inception.

Caine is, of course, a legendary British thespian who has won two Oscars for his work in Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules.  We could list his notable credits, but just do yourself a favor and check out the likes of Get Carter and even the original The Italian Job.  Oh, and Jaws 4: The Revenge, of course.

Interstellar sees Nolan operating without another longtime collaborator, cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has shot every one of the director's projects since Memento.  Pfister is busy making his directorial debut on Transcendence, a sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall.  So with Pfister out, Nolan has had to find a new director of photography.  And apparently Hoyte Van Hoytema is the man for the job.  Hoytema shot The Fighter and the beautiful Let the Right One In and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  It will be his first time working with jumbo-sized IMAX cameras on selected sequences.

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