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Matthew McConaughey Offered the Lead in Chris Nolan's 'Interstellar'

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March 28, 2013

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After putting the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Guy Pearce and Hugh Jackman in lead roles, director Christopher Nolan is now expanding his collaborative efforts to a new face. Deadline has word that Matthew McConaughey currently has an offer for the lead male role in Interstellar, the film which the filmmaker boarded earlier this year with a script by his brother, The Dark Knight and The Prestige writer Jonathan Nolan. Though there are no plot details divulged, the film will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding and McConaughey would play a guy named Cooper.

The last we heard about this project was that it was based on scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne that involved time travel, alternative dimensions and more familiar tropes as a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. This would be a huge role for McConaughey, and considering all the top notch acting he's been turning in over the past few years, it's no surprise that Nolan sees something in him. McConaughey's recent great work includes Magic Mike, Bernie, Killer Joe, Mud, The Lincoln Lawyer and The Paperboy. It wouldn't be the first time McConaughey has dealt with wormholes since he starred in Contact with Jodie Foster, a personal favorite sci-fi film of mine. Stay tuned as more information on this November 2014 release becomes available.

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Reader Feedback - 22 Comments

1

This is great news, he's one of my favorite actors working today.

Matt Peloquin on Mar 28, 2013

2

He gets a lot of shit, but it's usually the film around him that's bad. Should we be expecting JGL and Michael Caine?

OfficialJab on Mar 28, 2013

3

And you can't really travel through time without Ken Watanabe.

Commenter on Mar 29, 2013

4

He hasn't really impressed me in anything I've seen him in (including comedy)... maybe he'll change my mind with a bit of good direction.

Guy who comments on things on Mar 28, 2013

5

You should watch Killer Joe, Bernie, and Magic Mike tonight.

Matt Peloquin on Mar 28, 2013

6

Seen Bernie, may give the others a look sometime after my coursework, cheers.

Guy who comments on things on Mar 28, 2013

7

He wasnt too shabby in The Lincoln Lawyer either.

Cody W on Mar 28, 2013

8

Sounds like a real cool follow-up to Contact. Although he would be playing the Jodie Foster role now. 🙂

Robert L. Tuva on Mar 28, 2013

9

Ohhhh man.... my mind tingles with the possibilities of a Chris Nolan Contact-sequel-like movie ahhhh!!

Alex Billington on Mar 28, 2013

10

Fuck yeah!

Xerxexx on Mar 28, 2013

11

After just finishing Bioshock infinite Im not sure I can be as mind fucked by time travel movies anymore.

Cody W on Mar 28, 2013

12

I start playing that this weekend. Hope it's good.

PBGray on Mar 28, 2013

13

I will say this, just make sure you dont rush through it, take your time, and listen to every single sentence that is said in the game. You miss one small dialogue you will be lost.

Cody W on Mar 28, 2013

14

Thanks for the advice. Will do.

PBGray on Mar 30, 2013

15

kiler joe was awesome, he can act for sure...

avi on Mar 28, 2013

16

Yep, I'm totally down with this.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 29, 2013

17

The man can act, he's more than just a pretty face. For some reason he doesn't do very much challenging work. I think he will be fine and Nolan wouldn't want him if he couldn't.

Tim E on Mar 29, 2013

18

Nolan, please make Mark Strong a household name. We need to beef up his resume so he locks down a role in Star Wars. P.S. McConaughey... interesting. Should be good. Glad to see Nolan stretch out, he typically only uses world class actors. MM has had several well received performances the last few years but doesn't command the respect Bale, Pearce, DiCaprio do.

si1ver on Mar 29, 2013

19

For McConaughey's character to travel through time, he has to be shirtless.

$126191 on Mar 29, 2013

20

[Matt Damon impression]: "Mr. Nolan, today's scene I think it would be a good opportunity for me to take my shirt off".

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 30, 2013

21

Is this the 1994 Stargate remake? Uwe Boll directed it or something? The Kurt Russell one?

Steve on Mar 31, 2013

22

So, can we expect a teaser this December?

Peter Agassi on Apr 1, 2013

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