A new trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar premiered at the SDCC Paramount panel over the weekend. Now that trailer has been released abroad, and it is a sight to behold.
Nolan says that this will be the grandest scope of any film he’s made yet, and this second trailer gives us a better sense of just what he has in store. This was the trailer that was originally shown to attendees of Hall H at Comic-Con during a surprise, first-time visit from Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey. The footage mixes emotional moments between McConaughey and his family with large, epic shots of the galaxies beyond our known space. You can tell this is going to be an event. Check it out:
This is the first trailer to give us any real glimpse at the outer-space sequences Nolan has planned. While most everything up until now has been grounded on Earth, here we are given a few shots of what looks to be another desolate planet that McConaughey and crew land (crash?) on. The trailer ends with Michael Caine’s character reciting Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
What makes the trailer so intriguing, and will hopefully translate over to the final film, is the emphasis on emotional connections between characters. Yes, we’ll have large-scale space sequences using IMAX cameras to dazzling effect, but like many other Nolan films, a beat from a character’s close-up can be just as powerful and significant as a crumbling city. IMAX is capable of making a film an experience, both visceral and emotional; Nolan knows that as well as anyone.
The Interstellar website allows users to view the trailer in HD but it’s hidden behind a passcode where you’ll have to enter the code “7201969″—the date that Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Nolan’s previous films like The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception became staples of online marketing with their websites and promotional techniques. It appears Interstellar is on track to do the same.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Topher Grace.
See it in theaters and IMAX on November 7.
Images: Paramount Pictures