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David Oyelowo, David Gyasi Join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Cast

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 30, 2013 5:13 PM
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British actors David Oyelowo and David Gyasi have joined the growing cast of Christopher Nolan's super-secret sci-fi project Interstellar, according to TheWrap.

The busy Oyelowo and Gyasi, who last appeared on screen together in Red Tails, add to an ensemble that already includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, and others. 

A strong cast there! Although no word on what roles each of these actors has signed up to play.

Available synopsis reads:

In the future, governments and economies across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, NASA is no more, and for it the 20th Century is to blame. A mysterious rip in spacetime opens and it's up to whatever is left of NASA to explore and offer up hope for mankind.

We just love our dystopian cinema don't we?

To be directed by Christopher Nolan, from a script written by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan, from a treatment by Kip Thorne and producer Lynda Obst, Interstellar will be produced by Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, through Nolan's and Emma Thomas' Syncopy Inc. 

It is scheduled to be released on November 7, 2014.

Up next for Oyelowo, look for him in The Butler, and Cynthia Mort's Nina Simone film; he's also attached to play Sugar Ray Robinson, signed up for an indie drama titled Nightingale, and will be reuniting with director Ava DuVernay to play MLK in Selma.

As for Gyasi, who's worked with Nolan previously in The Dark Knight Rises, and was most recently seen in Cloud Atlas, he'll join fellow Brit John Boyega in a new BBC Two feature drama titled The Whale, based on the the book, The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by A Whale.

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  • Black People | July 31, 2013 1:55 AMReply

    I would also like to add that Chiwetel Ejiofor has not had a leading or starring film. Despite being a talented actor. Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, have not had any lead films. And that's what matters. Only Will Smith and Denzel Wasshington opened movies this year. Their is a race game being played. Hopefully blacks in Hollywood soon become star players instead of benchwarmers for whites to look good.

  • Black People | July 31, 2013 12:06 AMReply

    I like David Oyelowo, especially after the video he did for Trayvon Martin. Most black actors are too scared to acknowledged their blackness. But as far as acting goes, these British actors will wind up with same resume as Idris Elba. Nothing but side actors and sidekicks in movies for whites. No even co-stars to whites. Everyone says Idris Elba is a great actor, but there's plenty of those. But Idris Elba has never been a leading man or given his own headliner movie to lead except for Tyler Perry. I guess black people would rather play minimal roles for whites than be leading stars in their own movies. Even Idris Elba once alluded to that Hollywood does not see him as a leading man. In fact looking at Idris Elba resume, one can look and see that he mostly plays side roles. I guess I come from the mentality of Will Smith. "If I'm not the hero in the movie forget it."

  • CT | July 30, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    Great moves by these guys. Taking things to yet another level for African British talent.

  • Black People | July 31, 2013 1:44 AM

    Tremendous talent but no leading movies. Same thing can be said for Idris Elba. One would think people of African descent would be tired of playing second fiddle to white people. This whole year has been nothing but the same ole white savior trope in movies, except for Will Smith in After Earth. Why bring this up, well, remember the movie World War Z, in the book the main protagonists, are not white but Asian, African, Middle Eastern, essentially the world, but the movie reduced that to the lone white man saving the world.

    China only allows a certain amount of foreign films to be shown in their country, from the entire world, why because as I read on another website for foreign movies playing in China, the Chinese do not want their people being brainwashed to that white hero troupe that Hollywood loves. Henry Lennix in a previous article stated that America's biggest and most influential export is entertainment. Thus the way the world see's black and white people will be greatly influenced. Essentially white people are the world's saviors and black people just happen to be in the background.

    Idris Elba even stated that he wishes some of his character roles would be expanded in films. I say all this because as superhero movies become the norm in Hollywood, superhero films will greatly increase the white savior with power troupe ten fold. And their will be no black heros or black superheroes in the future. I mention all of this to say, black people seem content, satisfied with their roles in Hollywood. Outside of Will Smith and maybe Denzel Washington be leading stars, who else is there? Hopefully these African Brits do more with their talent than play background characters. Hollywood movies is more than just entertainment, it's also politics.

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