Nolan Recruits Actress Jessica Chastain for His 'Interstellar' Voyage

May 2, 2013
Source: Deadline

Jessica Chastain

Briefly: This project is certainly coming together fast! News has broken on the latest member of the cast of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, his next sci-fi project already scheduled for a November 2014 release. So far, Nolan has cast Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as the first two leads, now he has signed Zero Dark Thirty/The Help Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. Deadline says that Chastain is in talks to "play the third lead" in the film, which is said to "depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding." Everything about this sounds like it will be the pinnacle of the new era of sci-fi movies we're entering, and the cast so far is starting to indicate that will be the case. Chastain has worked for Terrence Malick and Kathryn Bigelow before, and seems careful about the roles she takes on.

Update: Deadline also reveals that Michael Caine has officially boarded the project. This isn't surprising since Caine has been in all of Nolan's films since Batman Begins in 2005. Plus, last summer Caine revealed that he was already in Nolan's next project. Though at the time he said it was an original idea. Technically, that's still true, though this film isn't so much Nolan's idea as his brother Jonathan's. Still, last summer Caine said, "I've been in everything he's done since he's been in Hollywood. We're each others' good luck charms. I always say to him, 'I'm not your good luck charm, you are mine!'" There you go, he's onboard, too.

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I really like this casting choice. Nolan has always found tremendous talent for his films, but in all of his recent work, they've been talents that have been established for some time. Not stale, per say, but familiar. Safe. Recognizable faces. Chastain feels like she's going to be getting bigger and bigger for quite some time; her most recognizable works have all been in the last year or two. Catching her this soon on her upswing could lend a new kind of vigor to Nolan's next film.

the_situasian on May 2, 2013


safe? i guess. Actors such as leonardo decaprio and tom hardy were cast because they are at the top of their craft.

Guest on May 2, 2013


Right, I'm not trying to say that they are B-list, because they're some of the most recognizable faces in cinema right now. And that's what I'm trying to get at - we know we're going to be impressed by a Leonardo DiCaprio movie. But there's still people who haven't seen Zero Dark Thirty, or Mama, or Tree of Life (actually probably a lot of people who haven't seen Tree of Life haha), and for whom Interstellar might be their first time seeing Chastain act, and it's going to be their first time to be impressed with how strong of an actress she is. More people are going to go see a Chris Nolan movie than a Del Toro movie and I think these people are going to walk out of the theaters impressed by her abilities. And that's part of the fun of going to movies, experiencing outstanding, fresh talent.

the_situasian on May 2, 2013


We can be only glad that his cast is as it is. Because, looking back at his movies/cast, you really can't find any problems with them, every one fits perfectly...

dawko on May 3, 2013


Completely agree but glad he's avoiding all the same regulars. I'd love to see Jackman back in a Nolan film though.

blargh on May 3, 2013


Definitely. Quit musicals, as he just can't sing 😀

dawko on May 4, 2013


great choice and a beautful lady with allot of class and style!

Avi on May 2, 2013


Hey nice! It's about time Nolan mixes up his casting choices, he's got a pretty good cast going on for this!

Fidel Reyes on May 2, 2013


Third lead? Whoa. Dynamic-wise it seems more similar to the Contact the novel than its movie. A whole group went on the voyage there instead of a single person (Jodie Foster).

Robert L. Tuva on May 2, 2013


I thought this couldn't get any better. Clearly I was wrong.

Isildur_of_Numenor on May 3, 2013


This is what i expect from Hollywood: Mind & Magic

Ehsan Davodi on May 3, 2013


Once again,it confirms why I joined the movement "In Nolan we trust"

In Nolan,We trust! on May 3, 2013

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