Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar, has already entered production, but even now there seems to be time to rope in a few actors, and this latest casting announcement has gotten us thrilled. As The Playlist reveals, Matt Damon has joined the ensemble cast of Interstellar for a brief role that would require him shooting for only two weeks. But even a little of Matt would do, right? We have been keeping a track of what’s been going on with regards to this much awaited movie, set to release in November 2014, and now it appears that Nolan has pretty much tied-up all loose ends. The screenplay has been written by Christopher Nolan along with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and is a science fiction film which explores physicist Kip Thorne’s theories of gravity field. Christopher Nolan reveals very little of his movies when he is working on them, and the latest description for Interstellar is as brief as it can get.
A group of explorers 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.
Complicated, it shall be (already reminding you of Inception?) but in the hands of Christopher Nolan, the complicated is handle with such delicacy that one can expect nothing less than a masterpiece again. And with Hans Zimmer providing the music score, there should be a grandiose feel to it all. To this, there has been added a strong ensemble cast, something Nolan has become quite of master of. Here is the cast and why we are so excited about them.
Matthew McConaughey: You may still not be able to call out his surname right, but you cannot deny the fact that Mr. McConaughey has been one of the most improved actors in recent years. The man who usually stayed in his ‘comfort’ zone playing the romantic in movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Ghosts of the Girlfriends Past or the occasional adventure tale like Sahara and Fool’s Gold has changed shoes and stepped into many gritty and challenging roles in recent times. 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer probably got this transformation started when his tough lawyer characterization was much appreciated. And with that has followed the serious drama and thrillers, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Mud, and the yet-to-released Dallas Buyers Club where he plays a man dying from AIDS and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Matthew McConaughey has always had the charm, the winning smile, the good looks, the personality to play a lead actor in Hollywood films, but now he has added more depth to his acting by stepping out of his comfort zone and committing himself to lower budget flicks, the indie flicks, the ones where the strength of the acting is the only way to make the movie run. Kudos to McConaughey for that. And now he has got his just rewards… the lead role in a Christopher Nolan film!
Anne Hathaway: She may very well turn out to be one of Nolan’s favourites in years to come, and the way she acts, oh boy, she can make you forget there is anyone else with her on screen. Hathaway has worked her way up in Hollywood gradually and dutifully; the young princess of The Princess Diaries has grown up to be an Oscar winner and one of the most acclaimed actresses presently. She stole the limelight last year, being part of the amazing cast in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and making people gush with her depiction of Catwoman, and then she used her vocal chords and her acting skills masterfully in Les Misérables. We know what her presence will bring to Interstellar, class, class and more class.
Jessica Chastain: She came into limelight with her performance in 2011’s The Help that got her an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. And if some of us had still managed to ignore her, one could do that no more when she stole the show in last year’s Zero Dark Thirty that got her another Oscar nomination, this time for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. How Chastain lost out on the Oscar, it is tough to figure out, and it must have been a close one with the other Jessica ‘Lawrence’ who won it. But Oscar or no Oscar, Jessica Chastain is bound to be one of the most fierce competitors we could think of, when put up on screen with Anne Hathaway. With so much intensity that these two actresses radiate, that is going to be one heck of a screen (and by that we mean, screenplay) which will be able to hold these two strong personalities together! And to imagine that Chastain played her first film role only in 2008… she’s come so far, so quick.
Matt Damon: Do we really have to say anything about this guy that you would not already know about? It’s a pity that his role is going to be a short one in Interstellar, but then something is better than nothing, right? Matt Damon is a class act, and while the internet is abuzz with thoughts on his pal, Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, Matt Damon has not been away from the news himself. Damon is all set to switch seats and move to the back of the cameras as he has finalised the movie for his directorial debut. He would also be starring in the movie, titled A Foreigner, which is an international conspiracy thriller written by Chris Terrio (who by the way wrote Affleck’s Argo), based on a true story. And if that is not news enough, then there are stories going around of Damon’s return as…. yep, Jason Bourne along with Paul Greengrass, the director of Bourne movies 2 & 3. If that turns out to be true, then, wow!
Casey Affleck: Highly underrated, is the first thing that comes to the mind when we hear his name. The younger brother of Ben Affleck, part of Good Will Hunting that shot Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to fame, part of Ocean’s gang in the Ocean’s series, star of Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, Casey Affleck is a talented actor who may not be the lead star that studios look for in high budget flicks, but certainly provides quality to this ensemble cast. He is endearing, can do the intense to the mischievous, and what kind of a role has Nolan carved out for him, makes this casting quite interesting. Knowing Nolan, each character is likely to make a strong impact on the storyline, and so this presents a great chance for Casey Affleck to reach out to a wider audience.
Michael Caine: What do we say about him? Are we even qualified enough? At the age of 80, Michael Caine still bewilders us with the variety of roles he does, and the strong screen presence he carries. He’s been around with Nolan for a long time, probably his lucky charm; Caine has played roles in The Prestige, The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, so his casting in Interstellar is hardly a surprise. He usually provides in his movies a voice of wisdom, a sense of calmness, a feeling that things are going the right way. He’s the fatherly figure, or the grandfatherly figure, the one who will guide the lost young ones and set things right. Usually. Christopher Nolan may very well have something new and different for Caine to try out, a role that we never expected this veteran actor to do. Who knows? But with Michael Caine there, things can’t go wrong, can they?
Topher Grace: You would most likely still remember him as Eric Forman from the popular TV series That ’70s Show. But Topher Grace is trying hard to weave his way into Hollywood and being part of Interstellar does help things. Grace’s most notable big screen role was in Spider-Man 3 as Eddie Brock who turns into Venom. But sadly that movie itself received weaker reviews than the previous two of the franchise, and Topher Grace has not been able to build up much since then. His most recent venture was in this year’s failed movie The Big Wedding. It would be interesting if Nolan could break the mould that Grace is currently in, that cute, likable guy, whom you can never really picture as Venom. Topher Grace would do those roles quite well, but if handed something more challenging, how would he fare, is the question. A role in a Nolan movie is more or less going to get the best out of you, and just like it is for Casey Affleck, this is the time for Topher Grace to step into the big shoes and make this count.
Add to the above the likes of Wes Bentley (Ricky Fitts of American Beauty, Seneca Crane of The Hunger Games) and John Lithgow (another veteran whom the younger generation would know as Arthur Mitchell of the TV series Dexter). It is a stellar cast indeed, waiting to explode on screen under the trusted and capable hands of Christopher Nolan. The expectations are rising, even though we are more than a year away from the movie’s release. It’s going to get more engaging as the release date approaches. So let the big boys and girls get on with their business of making a great movie… we got a few others to catch till then!
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