McConaughey’s character, Cooper, is on a mission to save humankind from a dying earth by searching out new habitable worlds.
He’s accompanied by crew mates played by Anne Hathaway and Wes Bentley. Their goal is to pass through a wormhole that will allow them to leap through time and space to a new part of the universe light years from earth.
The movie has been shrouded in mystery, but the new clip for the first time provides a glimpse of the destinations they encounter. The planets, though earth-like, are tumultuous worlds.
The trailer also provides a better look at the CGI that will ultimately make or break the film. Unlike other recent sci-fi epics, Nolan promises that the movie will be grounded in realism and convey a hopeful message about space travel.
The film is set in the near future and much of the technology looks to be near contemporary; there’s nothing too “Star Trekky.”
The film is also powered by an all-star cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Matt Damon and “Twilight’s” McKenzie Foy.
Of course, the central contradiction in the film is how humankind can possess the technology to go through a wormhole, but not save the earth from environmental catastrophe. But that appears to be explained by some major disturbance on the sun.
“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars,” Cooper says, framing the movie’s central premise. “Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.”
Whether the movie goes too far with its universal themes of love and hope remains to be seeen. The trailer includes a couple of tear-jerking scenes.
“Love is the one thing that transcends time and space,” Hathaway’s character tells Cooper.
Nolan explained his motivation for making the movie at Comic-Con in San Diego.
“I grew up in a time when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition,” he said.
“The idea we’d keep exploring space, pushing further and further out, seemed inevitable. I felt that had fallen off greatly over the past couple of decades.”
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