Matthew McConaughey has been enjoying an impressive career-revival as of late, after starring in well-received indie films such as Killer Joe and Magic Mike. Now it seems as though all that hard work is going to pay dividends after Deadline reported that Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento) has offered the actor the lead role in his next film, Interstellar.
Here’s the scoop:
I’m told Christopher Nolan has offered the male lead of his next film, Interstellar, to Matthew McConaughey. The character’s name is Cooper and while there is no deal yet, who says no to Nolan? The project is a co-production between Paramount and Warner Bros. Interstellar was originally set up in 2006 by Steven Spielberg, when Paramount owned DreamWorks, and after Spielberg became intrigued by Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne and his scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel. It was Spielberg who set Jonah Nolan to write the script, which made it easy for Christopher Nolan to come aboard after Spielberg left the project. After all, the Nolan siblings have a collaborative track record, with Jonah hatching the short story that became Christopher’s first hit Memento, and following that with two Batfilms and The Prestige.
Matthew McConaughey is a very talented actor who, given the chance, never fails to impress with his engaging onscreen presence. A Time to Kill and The Lincoln Lawyer are two examples of his strongest performances, and demonstrate his ability to be both likeable and gritty where necessary.
Over the years, his attempts to make ‘serious’ movies, such as We Are Marshall and Two For The Money, were met with lukewarm box-office numbers, which resulted in his career becoming much more focused towards romantic comedies such as Fool’s Gold and Failure to Launch, where he enjoyed huge success.
Interstellar has been described as “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding” and will focus on time travel, alternate dimensions and the relationship of a team of explorers as they travel through a wormhole.
The film is scheduled for release on 7th November 2014.