So, is Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar” gearing up to be the biggest blockbuster about agriculture ever? That’s certainly the last word on it, as the always-secrecy-prone filmmaker hasn’t let any details slip out about his new movie. Reports during the summer claimed that the future-set story “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.” This first trailer for the film certainly goes to the farm.
As per usual with Nolan, there’s not much in the way of major reveals in this teaser (a good chunk of which is stock footage), but the shots of corn and farmland through history certainly suggest those early plot details aren’t far off. Instead, the focus here is on the words delivered by Matthew McConaughey, which are as follows:
We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments, these moments when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. And perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers and we’ve barely begun. And that are greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, as our destiny lies above us.
Can man’s next greatest achievement trump landing on the moon? That’s a pretty interesting notion with which to launch a movie—so color us curious, even if this trailer leans a bit toward coming off like a Levi’s ad at times.
Co-starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothee Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo and Matt Damon, “Interstellar” opens on November 7, 2014. And reminder: this is Nolan’s first film without longtime-collaborator Wally Pfister, with Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Her,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Fighter“) stepping in. How do you think he did?
Watch the trailer below and tell us your thoughts in the comments section.