Actor Matthew McConaughey and director Christopher Nolan debuted a new trailer for Interstellar during a surprise visit to Comic-Con. It was the first time either of the two have ever appeared at the San Diego convention.
The man behind Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, Christopher Nolan, made his first-ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to show off his upcoming sci-fi epic Interstellar. The incredibly prolific filmmaker has notoriously been a no-show in San Diego even when in the heat of his Batman films. It took the rather cryptic and personal Interstellar to finally coerce Nolan into making an appearance, and he did not disappoint the near 6,000 attendees in Hall H.
Interstellar is the highly-anticipated film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan, and I use the word “filmmaker” given how adamant Nolan has been about continuing to shoot on film over digital photographic processes. Nolan shot on 35 mm and IMAX, using innovative mixes of different techniques which “is the biggest possible way to see the film and immerse audiences in it. It’s the perfect way to paint this on a large canvas, trying to show the biggest possible images imaginable.”
The movie centers around the Earth after climate change takes its toll on the planet. McConaughey plays an engineer who teams up with a group of other researchers and astronauts on a scientific mission to save the planet. The story was inspired by the research and postulations of Caltech physicist Kip Thorne, whose studies on the theory of relativity has explored the idea of wormholes and whether they could be used as shortcuts for exploration of the universe.
Nolan explained how much space-travel influenced him when conceiving the film:
“To be an astronaut was the highest ambition…The idea to keep exploring space farther and farther… it (fell) off greatly. We are in a period of incredible technological change, (but it’s about) what’s in your pocket, your living room. I like the idea that we are on the cusp of a brand new era and we are traveling outwards more.”
Nolan sought out McConaughey for the part just as the actor was hitting his stride of recent great work — which earned him an Oscar last year for the Dallas Buyers Club, as well as a possible Emmy. Arriving onstage to cheers, McConaughey dropped his trademark “Alright, alright, alright”, and went on to sing the praises of his director saying:
“When you’re on set he’s already conceived of this world that he’s putting onscreen. This felt like independent filmmaking — 3, 4 takes, he moves on. It’s by far the most ambitious film Mr. Nolan has directed…he’s a man whose reach constantly exceeds his grasp…By far, this is the most ambitious film Christopher Nolan has ever directed.”
Just after the new trailer premiered, press and fans alike went into a frenzy on social media. Many of them tweeting about the impressive presentation and epic grandeur the film conveyed in just a few minutes. Here are a couple note-worthy reactions to the new trailer:
You'll see it soon, but the Interstellar trailer has a visual majesty we associate with Nolan, and the suggestion of real emotional heft.
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 24, 2014
The new Interstellar trailer looked incredibly epic – huge visuals, huge emotions #SDCC
— Total Film (@totalfilm) July 24, 2014
INTERSTELLAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: Christopher Nolan Surprises with First Ever Con Appearance; Debuts New Trailer http://t.co/nE2YNw20Pe
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 25, 2014
The Interstellar discussion concluded a Paramount panel that spanned five different movies, which moved from the upcoming Spongebob Squarepants project to an extensive look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new Interstellar trailer will be released very soon, possibly in front of another Paramount release like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which comes out beginning of August.
Interstellar will hit theaters on November 7th, 2014 and also stars an impressive cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, and William Devane.
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