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Casey Affleck Joins The Amazing Cast Of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

by Oliver Lyttelton
June 21, 2013 6:43 AM
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Casey Affleck

With his producing gig on "Man On Steel" in theaters and proving to be a great success, Christopher Nolan's attention, as well as executive-producing "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp and marks the directorial debut of his DoP Wally Pfister, is now shifting to his next job in the director's chair: "Interstellar.

The filmmaker is returning again to original material for the movie, a hard sci-fi tale penned by his brother Jonathan and a one-time Steven Spielberg project. As ever, he's assembling a hell of a cast. Previous collaborators both recent and old are on board in the shape of Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, while there's also an injection of new blood, with Matthew McConaughey taking the lead role, Jessica Chastain also on board and theater veteran Bill Irwin ("Rachel Getting Married") in the cast too. Now, one of our favorite actors is preparing for launch too, with the news that Casey Affleck has joined the cast.

In an interview with Elle Magazine (via NolanFans -- thanks to reader James for the tip-off) in support of the BAMcinemaFest screening of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Affleck revealed his involvement, saying of his future plans "I've got a movie coming out at Thanksgiving called 'Out Of The Furnace,' and I'm going to work on a Chris Nolan movie in the fall."

While Affleck's no stranger to studio pictures, he's mostly shied away from tentpoles, bar his appearances in Steven Soderbergh's 'Ocean's' movies, but the fact that he's signed on to Nolan's film is another testament to the weight of talent the "Inception" helmer is able to attract, and it's another ace addition of what was already a superb cast. Filming's set to get underway later in the fall, and the movie will hit theaters on November 7th, 2014. 

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  • Simonh505 | June 22, 2013 6:01 PMReply

    I think it's important to remember that these are the star names attached to the film. I'm sure there will be a more international cast involved in the film too and hopefully the cast isn't just all white Americans/British. But that aside the cast looks strong and it will be interesting to see Nolan back with sci-fi. I only wish they were sending Michael Caine into space so he could have a no nonsense conversation with a black hole.

  • NolanIsOverrated | June 21, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    Inception was all exposition. Dark Night Rises was a over-long bore. Memento doesn't add up. And Chris Nolan is the most overrated director of our generation. Get at me fanboys. I'll take you all on!

  • NOLANISOVERRATED | June 23, 2013 2:00 PM

    All you fanboys could do is correct a typo and call me old. You can't defend Nolan because his movies are as hollow as a carved out pumpkin. Inception was god-awful and deep down you know it. You fanboys can do better than that can't you? But alas his fans might be all style over substance...just like his movies.

  • Alan B | June 22, 2013 8:32 PM

    That was a joke, but GOOD ONE.

  • Pete | June 22, 2013 1:42 PM

    Go watch 'The Sound of Music,' old man. I'm sure that's more your speed.

  • Alan B | June 22, 2013 5:21 AM

    I think you'll find it was 'Night' and you're both mistaken: it's 'Last', not 'Dark', and nothing instead of 'Rises'.

  • A Telling Mistake | June 22, 2013 4:07 AM

    It's "Knight," not "Night."

  • Skywater | June 21, 2013 3:19 PM

    Anyone that any good is overrated to someone. But good on you.

  • DG | June 21, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    God that's awesome, Nolan really knows what hes doing with casting, this is going to be amazing. Affleck is great too, I like how he always sounds sad

  • cirkusfolk | June 21, 2013 1:28 PMReply

    As long as he doesn't cast Ken Wantabe or Marion Cottiard in it. Damn, they suck at speaking English.

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  • RL | June 21, 2013 10:45 AMReply

    Awesome!So glad to see he finally rises up from the mocumentary scandal,with Ain't Them Bodies Saints,Out of Furnace and Christopher Nolan,Good for him!

  • mark | June 21, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    He's a great actor.

    But, why is Hollywood still making sci-fi films set in the future with all-white casts? Seriously, there are no Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, South Asians, or black people in the future? #Fail

  • Brett | June 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    Right or wrong, it is because pretty white people sell tickets.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 21, 2013 1:38 PM

    Only "Time Machine" got it right. The future is all brown.

  • hank | June 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    as "CIRKUSFOK" pointed out - they don't speak English good. therefore, no reason to have them in the film.

  • A Guy | June 21, 2013 10:59 AM

    Wow. That is soo racist. You didn't even mention middle eastern, africans, canadians, North asians, Pacific Islanders. That is sad.

  • spassky | June 21, 2013 9:35 AMReply

    Bill Irwin!!!

  • sp | June 21, 2013 12:46 PM

    The brilliant Bill Irwin deserved an Oscar nomination for Rachel Getting Married ( he was incredibly heartbreaking ) , and he was unbelievably creepy in some of the episodes of CSI. Happy for Casey Affleck because he deserves a better film career, plus he is a better thespian than Ben Affleck.

  • Susie | June 21, 2013 8:48 AMReply

    I just saw "The Assassination of Jesse James." Casey Affleck was amazing in it. I'm glad to hear of his upcoming films.

  • den | June 21, 2013 7:35 AMReply

    Hell Yes!!! The most underrated actor of his genaration!

  • JJ | June 21, 2013 7:17 AMReply

    Wow, amazing cast indeed.
    I just really, really hope the screenplay is good this time. I mean, Inception and Rises were fantastic cinema experiences, but they don't hold up well after repeat viewings. Which is too bad, especially considering films like The Prestige and Memento get better each viewing.

  • JJJ | June 22, 2013 4:09 AM

    Nah, TDKR and Inception both hold up rather well on repeat viewings. Nice try, though.

  • Felix | June 21, 2013 10:18 AM

    Inception definitely holds up on repeat viewings, I do agree with you about Rises though, that needed more time

  • CB | June 21, 2013 7:06 AMReply

    Awesome! So underrated.

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