Interstellar: What we know about Christopher Nolan's new film so far

The mind-bending intergalactic film has already been tipped for an Oscar

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Interstellar is tipped to be one of the biggest films this year, but chances are you probably haven’t heard much about it yet.

Directed by The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan, the storyline follows a team of space travellers who embark on a mission to travel through a wormhole and into another galaxy to find a new habitable planet.

Film review: Interstellar

The film has been likened to Nolan’s mind-bending science-fiction film Inception, so whether you will be able to follow the storyline is another matter.

The adventure drama, which is released next month, is already being tipped for the Best Picture category at next year’s Oscars following in the footsteps of last year’s intergalactic film Gravity.

We take a look at what all the fuss is about.

Who stars in the film?

The cast has an impressive line-up. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway play the two lead astronauts, while Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine also star.

What is it about?

The plot centres on travel through a wormhole, a hypothetical notion that allows a shortcut through spacetime, and something no space traveller has achieved before. Once through the wormhole and into another galaxy, the astronauts must search for a habitable planet before ecological problems destroy planet earth.

Nolan hired Kip Thorne, a renowned theoretical physicist, to serve as the film’s executive producer. He met with all the lead cast members to answer their questions about wormholes and whether it might be possible to travel faster than the speed of light.

 

How was it filmed?

The film uses minimal CGI and Nolan shot the movie using film rather than digital. The majority of the movie was shot out of the studio in cornfields in Canada and volcanic glaciers in Iceland.

Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter he prefers to use CGI “for what it’s most useful for, which is enhancing things that you’ve been able to shoot in camera”.

Who’s behind the scenes?

The film was written by Nolan’s younger brother Jonathan, which was originally intended for Steven Spielberg to direct.

When is the film released?

Interstellar is released in the UK on 4 November, and will have a limited release in the UK from 5 November.

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