'Interstellar' Set Photos & How Corn Is Vital to Christopher Nolan's Next

Friday, 30 August 2013 08:37 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Interstellar' Set Photos & How Corn Is Vital to Christopher Nolan's Next

Interstellar, the original sci-fi adventure from director and co-writer Christopher Nolan, remains shrouded in mystery.

But today, thanks to a battery of unofficial photos from the set and an info-nugget on the story, it's less mysterious than it was yesterday.

Nolan's first feature since wrapping up his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises last summer is once again written by the director and Jonathan Nolan, the Dark Knight writer who initially boarded Interstellar years ago when it was still a Steven Spielberg pet project.

Inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, 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."

A new, potentially spoilery bit of information sheds a bit more light on the film's story.  Specifically, the motivation for our heroes to hit the wormhole.

But since that could be a spoiler, we're including it after these photos from the Alberta set of the film, which is using the secret title Flora's Letter.  These images, courtesy of The Lethbridge Herald and Fort Macleod Gazette, show Nolan in a rural location working with Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, and Topher Grace.

Okay, now let's get down to possible SPOILERS with some insight on the circumstances surrounding the mission in Interstellar.

After all, these images of a rural dust storm don't exactly make you think of voyages across space.  So what gives?  Crops, it seems.  Our heroes are in search of fertile soil to grow new crops.

In describing the story, the Fort Macleod Gazette fills in the blanks, saying, "Set in the future, the movie details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated. The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown."

That ought to tickle any Omnivore's Dilemma readers or anybody who has seen the documentary King Corn.

Earlier this week, we learned that Matt Damon has joined the cast of Interstellar in a supporting role.  Read more about it by clicking here.

And check back for more Interstellar news on the regular between now and the movie's November 7, 2014 release date.

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