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Matthew McConaughey leaves the cornfields behind in first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

Christopher Nolan is stubbornly secretive about his projects, and up to now, the only detail revealed by the teaser trailers and posters for his hotly anticipated sci-fi movie Interstellar was that Nolan had re-discovered serif fonts. Until today, as Warner Bros. released the first full trailer.


Like the teaser, it features a lot of Matthew McConaughey, cornfields, and Matthew McConaughey driving through cornfields. It also introduces several other characters, including McConaughey’s children (this being a Christopher Nolan movie, it’s safe to say that the protagonist is a widower), and a scientist played by Nolan’s good luck charm, Michael Caine. But, more importantly, it features space. Lots and lots of space: spacesuits, spacecrafts, space travelers (including a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her Anne Hathaway), and even a wormhole.

Aside from a few glimpses of Jessica Chastain, most of the movie’s stacked supporting cast (which also includes John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and, yes, William Devane) remains unseen. What you do get to see, however, is a whole lot of crisp camerawork, courtesy of Hoyte Van Hoytema (Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

Interstellar is Nolan’s first movie without cinematographer Wally Pfister—who was busy directing Transcendence—since his self-shot debut, Following. And though the brown-blue color palette remains the same (Nolan is red-green colorblind, and designs his movies accordingly), the compositions are noticeably different, more centered, and less handheld.