That time has come around again guys. It’s been two years since the release of The Dark Knight Rises and, like clockwork, the promotion machine for Christopher Nolan’s latest has begun to slowly ramp up. Emphasis on the slow. True to form, cast and crew have had their mouths zipped on major plot points while trailers have been typically vague, showing McConoughey’s Cooper sadly driving through fields in a greyish hue. Where are all the wormholes and spaceships? While I am just as clueless on the story as anyone else, I feel it is my duty as a self-proclaimed Nolan expert to tell you what else you can expect.
(Please note that any light digs at Nolan are not malicious but come from the deep well of love I have for him in my heart.)
1. It will focus on a young troubled white guy.
As seen in: Every Christopher Nolan film except Insomnia, in which Al Pacino plays an old troubled white guy.
Hopefully Chris will one day decide that he is ready to step outside the safe bubble of protagonists that look like him. Hollywood’s diversity problem means that the overlap in the Venn diagram of currently successful actresses and women of colour is pretty small right now so Zoe Saldana should keep her eyes open.
2. It will not be funny.
As seen in: Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins.
Nolan isn’t exactly known for cracking up his audiences. Sure, there are some exceptions to the rule: Heath Ledger’s Joker injected some twisted humour into The Dark Knight, and even Inception managed to drop the meme-friendly line ‘You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling’. But in general, expect the usual po-faced plot labyrinth.
3. The McConaissance will continue.
As seen in: Magic Mike, Mud, Dallas Buyers Club.
Some say that he finally finished his Joaquin Phoenix-style meta role as an actor that would only make mediocre rom-coms. Others reckon he managed to find the source of Ryan Reynold’s star power back in 2011 and stole it. Whatever the cause, Matthew McConoughey’s career resurgence shows no signs of faltering with his next sure-footed step into the arms of Interstellar. How long will his winning streak last? I’ve no idea. If nothing else, it means there’s still hope out there for Reese Witherspoon.
4. It will feature a starry cast.
As seen in: The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises.
Newbies McConnaughey, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo join Nolan regulars Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, resulting in one blinding ensemble. It’s gratifying to see Brit and one-time Spooks actor Oyelowo bagging another solid part after prominent roles in Jack Reacher and The Butler, while lucky charm Michael Caine is always a highlight.
5. Hans Zimmer will be taking care of the soundtrack.
As seen in: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception.
Yes! Hans ‘BAAAAMMM’ Zimmer is teaming up with Nolan once again to make each ream of exposition and every set of furrowed eyebrows EPIC.
Interstellar is released in the UK on the 7th November.