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Watch: First Trailer For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain & Many More

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 14, 2013 11:10 AM
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So, is Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" gearing up to be the biggest blockbuster about agriculture ever? That's certainly the last word on it, as the always-secrecy-prone filmmaker hasn't let any details slip out about his new movie. Reports during the summer claimed that the future-set story "details the toll climate change has taken on agriculture, with corn the last crop to be cultivated. The scientists embark on a journey through a worm hole into other dimensions in search of somewhere other crops can be grown." This first trailer for the film certainly goes to the farm.

As per usual with Nolan, there's not much in the way of major reveals in this teaser (a good chunk of which is stock footage), but the shots of corn and farmland through history certainly suggest those early plot details aren't far off. Instead, the focus here is on the words delivered by Matthew McConaughey, which are as follows:

We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments, these moments when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. And perhaps we've just forgotten that we are still pioneers and we've barely begun. And that are greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, as our destiny lies above us.

Can man's next greatest achievement trump landing on the moon? That's a pretty interesting notion with which to launch a movie—so color us curious, even if this trailer leans a bit toward coming off like a Levi's ad at times.

Co-starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothee Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo and Matt Damon, "Interstellar" opens on November 7, 2014. And reminder: this is Nolan's first film without longtime-collaborator Wally Pfister, with Hoyte Van Hoytema ("Her," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Fighter") stepping in. How do you think he did?

Watch the trailer below and tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • Chris | February 13, 2014 11:15 PMReply

    Love this trailer. Everything he says is spot on We as a society need a wake up call to the things that actually matter. What Justin Bieber ate for breakfast this morning is not breaking news.

  • Tomorrow | January 3, 2014 4:38 AMReply

    McConaughey and Hathaway are the leads, none of them are supporting. Chastain holds the 3rd billing.

  • 1stworlder | December 17, 2013 6:41 PMReply

    Yes our greatest days are behind us the USA that walked on the moon is replaced by affirmative action college buddy of Mooshell's blowing $700million no bid contract on a website that amazon could have made work for $500k.

  • shitsince memento | December 15, 2013 9:27 PMReply

    one year from now ! ... f**k off and film something to put in the trailer first ...

  • Junaid Noori | December 15, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    As an aeronautics engineer, I find Hollywood films about space and exploration to be mind numbingly clichéd and hollow. I suspect this is no different. Pass.

  • gooched | December 18, 2013 6:41 AM

    As an aeronautics engineer I'd expect you to at least have the smarts to be a little more open minded and less ignorant and dismissive...guess i was wrong. Back among the sheep you go.

  • J. | December 15, 2013 7:29 PM

    Yes, but this movie is based off of Kip Thornes Theory on wormholes. You know that one theorist who Stephen Hawking couldn't debunk his theory. I mean all in all you're going to go see the movie. Everybody who ever says they wont they eventually do lol.

  • Jack Bokholt | December 15, 2013 5:46 PMReply

    Looks like a winner

  • DaveHimslef | December 15, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    "... And that OUR greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, as our destiny lies above us."

    Not "are"

  • Ted | December 15, 2013 10:29 AMReply

    I'm not a particular fan of Nolan's, but I think the teaser works not because it's an effective teaser because of the public's general faith in Nolan's ability to deliver. It definitely sets up for some big reveal in the next trailer and I think will gets fans excited. All I'll say is if Nolan produces a box office hit on the order of "Inception" again, he will basically have a completely blank check to do whatever he wants.

    A side note though, Nolan has mentioned his affections for Terrence Malick previously, and I think it's interesting that this teaser seems very influenced by Malick. The rhythmic timing and delivery of McConaughey's narration seems very Malick-esque and the crop-burning and the naturalistically-lit close-ups of gently rustling corn seem right out of "Days of Heaven." Most people have thought of "Interstellar" as Nolan's "2001," maybe it will be more like a Malick film. Nolan has spoke of Malick's influence on him, though I've seen little evidence of that to date, maybe this time it will come through.

  • gooched | December 18, 2013 6:42 AM

    In terms of content it's more like jurassic park and the abyss rather than contact or a terrance malick film. Believe me, this film is "bigger" than his dark knight movies. For those hoping he'll go back to his smaller scale indie sensibilities, this isn't the film you are looking for.

  • Mannymann | December 15, 2013 8:20 AMReply

    This grabs my interest as much as the Gravity trailer, and that's saying a lot. Evocative of the American spirit - so much so that it looks patriotic. Looks substantial and deep and the cinematography is gorgeous! I'm curious to see more, so well done.

  • KT | December 15, 2013 7:20 AMReply

    63 comments for a frickin' one minute movie teaser... God help us.

  • Ash | December 15, 2013 3:19 AMReply

    tbh as a teaser trailer it's so good...IT'S A TEASER TRAILER FOR GOD'S SAKE! I dont know what people are complaining about!! cant wait to see more next spring!

  • Ian | December 15, 2013 2:12 AMReply

    If you sat me down, said "here's the trailer for the new Zack Snyder space movie", and played this... I'd totally believe it was a Zack Snyder movie. From the montage of historical footage with a voiceover like that to the truck shot. I'm not mad at it or anything, I find it really interesting.

  • Jester Silverman | December 15, 2013 1:41 AMReply

    wait... I just this movie, The Astronaut Farmer. It's a remake of the Warner Brothers movie by Warner Brothers. There's a mash up of the two trailers on YouTube, Billy Bob Thornton narrates Interstellar & McConnaughey narrates Astronaut Farmer.

  • Sean | December 14, 2013 8:40 PMReply

    I never understood getting hyped over a teaser trailer. It's like how the Nolan Batman ones were just the logos with some dialogue over top of it.
    At least something like the Godzilla teaser tries to show off footage without giving too much plot or dialogue or even actions scenes away.

  • Caleb | December 14, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    It's really too early to weigh in on the new cinematography, but the language seems even more popular/mainstream/literally focused and less warm, expressionist than Pfister's. Again, as fun as it is to weigh in, there is very little for us to weigh in on. Nolan likes his teasers, and typically his following first trailer reveals a generous amount about his upcoming pictures (remember how shockingly awesome that first dark knight trailer was?). Excited for spring. Can we expect the first trailer in front of the 300 prequel?

  • Alan B | December 16, 2013 5:15 AM

    Oh, please. My examples are not exclusive to 'The Dark Knight' (well, except the Maggie Gyllenhaal example, which you seem to be hung up on). My point about lighting someone like Gyllenhaal wasn't an attempt to takedown her: it was stating a fact. She is not a classical beauty and actually requires softer lighting than someone like Cotillard, for example. Now, you are just being sore. Your intial take (warm) WAS inadequate and - when I think of the way in which Bowie was shot or Cotillard was shot or Pacino was shot or Bale was shot (hell, some of the prison sequences in TDKR are shot in such high contrast some images appear semi-monochromatic) - the term 'warm' doesn't come to mind. Like, at all. I understand that "brevity is no indicator of ignorance", but when one's terms are no used CAREFULLY then it would appear that way, wouldn't it? Kudos to you, hopefully, if you can appreciate the wisdom of another's (better chosen and more adequate) words.

  • Caleb | December 15, 2013 6:47 PM

    Well your examples seemed singularly pulled from the dark knight, so no kudos back at you. My perspective is hardly inadequate, it was you who required clarification. Not everyone who posts is looking for a fight, and brevity is no indicator of ignorance. Like most people I've been keenly watching Nolan/Pfister since their beginning, so when I speak of their work, it spans the breadth of their catalogue, not a few shots that have no parallels between the handful of images seen from this new Nolan/HVH team-up.

  • Alan B | December 15, 2013 3:34 PM

    Oh, I am aware of Pfister's work outside the Batman films (and even outside Nolan). Cudos that you've actually acknowledged that your first take was inadequate and required further clarification.

  • caleb | December 15, 2013 11:15 AM

    That's true, those are pretty good examples of harshness and cool colour palate. I think using this trailer to make a jab at an actress' appearance is a bit low (considering how well she was shot on the balcony at Bruce's fundraiser, and even later in the joker's clutches. Actually, anytime she was in the Wayne Penthouse). You're right, the Dark Knight has a cool blue palate and the Batcave 2.0 does have strong overheard lighting, though I'm not sure it is harsh. I don't think any of your examples remotely reflect the few glimpsed farmland images we get from Nolan's next channeled through HVH. I suppose my use of the word warm was vague, but I wasn't only inferring the colour-timing of an entire movie, but the depth and softness of background focus sometimes employed and also I certainly have not studied the medium the way you seem to. Examples of warm images in Nolan's previous work that I find links to, again, the very little original footage we've seen of Interstellar come from the tender scene between a young Bruce and his father in his bedroom, when he shows his mother's necklace, even more so in the echoed scene of Bruce alone in his parents bedroom, pondering murder with the revolver. I think from Inception, the scene in the hotel bar between Dom and his mark, while not a perfect reference has warmth. Also, in Dom's scene at the University, with Michael Caine. Though Insomnia is a chilly movie, there is warmth to be found in Dormer's hotel room and even in some of the scenes on the road, and in Robin Williams' home. And even though the Prestige was Nolan's first film to prominently use cool colour-timing, there are many many uses of warm, delicate and soft-focus imagery set against it's Victorian set-pieces. It's true most Nolan films are cold and calculating, particularly with the hyper-clarity of IMAX imagery, but perhaps if you were more familiar with his back-catalogue beyond simply his bat-films, you'd rack your brain for examples without having to resort to snark or insult.

  • Alan B | December 14, 2013 8:36 PM

    You find Pfister's work to be warm? What part? Is it the harsh overhead lighting that does someone like Maggie Gyllenhaal no favors? The non-reflective light sources that cast its actors into sharp contrasts? The Rembrandt techniques? I love Pfister's stuff, but would rarely describe his work as "warm". I hope that you're not Caleb Deschanel because it would be sad that the cinematographer of 'The Right Stuff' had completely lost it.

  • caro | December 14, 2013 7:54 PMReply

    a teaser presented by Chris "terrence Malick" Nolan producer of Zack "terrence malick" Snyder's MAN OF STEEL teaser
    i'm a b**tch here (i love the Malick vibe) and the cinematography looks gorgeous

  • Ali | December 14, 2013 6:38 PMReply

    this is very good, can't wait to see the next trailer. beautiful and simple, elegant

  • Lovo | December 14, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    Very, very, very earthshaking. Boring. Poor teaser. Sad.

  • egghead | December 14, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    Why release this so soon? I don't get it? This did nothing...

  • Jon | December 14, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    I don't get the fascination with space. Do something about ending war and you'll get my attention. That would truly be reaching beyond all human accomplishment. And that is even simply getting beyond the negative. Don't even think about something positive like world peace, harmony, and perpetual health. In that regard, humanity has already failed and at this point deserves to end and will probably become extinct at its own hand.

  • DaveHimslef | December 15, 2013 2:06 PM

    Why are you leaving the cave to explore when there are people are sick and fighting in the cave? Why are you exploring the wilderness when there are people sick and fighting in the village? Why do you build ships and take to the ocean when people are sick and fighting on land?
    I am thankful there have always been people who ignore the pleas of people like you. If not for them we would be a small group of humans clinging to life in caves or huts, unaware of the wondrous things that always lie somewhere just beyond where we are. Huddled together, cold, afraid and more importantly easily eliminated by a germ or a natural disaster. We would, in fact, not exist at all.
    The desire to explore is not some silly artifact born of human emotion. It is the mechanism by which the human organism distributes itself in order to insure its continuing survival.

  • ROSS F | December 15, 2013 3:38 AM

    It's because of opinions like yours, that our space programs are becoming obsolete. War will always exist so long as we allow our governments to corrupt our minds. Space inspires people, and we all need something to inspire us. If we turn our focus to these pointless battles between humans, then we achieve nothing. If we focus on being inspired, then we achieve everything.

  • William F. | December 14, 2013 8:17 PM

    Ugh...go away.

    I can't imagine thinking like you do. How does space not fascinate you? You act as if its some far off thing that isn't important to us. Do you realize that space is EVERYTHING? That our little nest on Earth isn't the norm by a HUGE magnitude? You're basically dismissing all of reality. Space is our future whether you don't have the vision to see that or not.

  • Irukanji | December 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    You don't get it? then your mind is truly boring. humanity has failed but only b/c of those that are greedy and corrupt even knowingly at what cost to this planet.With the time we have left the rest of us that care and admire the ones we love will enjoy the rest of our time with music,film,dreams,love,and experiencing life.For when we perish our atoms will return into the universe.

  • Toots | December 14, 2013 3:38 PMReply

    Today we've had the shortest ever pop marketing campaign from Beyoncé and started the longest ever film marketing campaign from Nolan.

  • AE | December 15, 2013 6:25 AM

    Not sure the comment was about Beyoncé's talent, or about the cliché of endless marketing drives that hammer us all over the head, in this case for a whole damn year before the movie actually comes out.

  • Irukanj | December 14, 2013 5:33 PM

    Beyonce is a joke.sure she is rich and blah blah.......blah.But your lyrics consist "1 +1= twwoooo" and the last track of your album features Blue Ivy.they need to just stop with filling peoples minds with this garbage.

  • Tintín 2 2/4 | December 14, 2013 4:59 PM

    Sure, like Miley Cyrua and her ball indisney raider lost ark.

  • TheoC | December 14, 2013 2:56 PMReply

    I'm allowed say "Meh" right? Stock footage and drawl, hey at least it had zero zimmer Brahmmmms.

  • Ry | December 14, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    Can't wait!!! Oh and please there is no Zach Synder vibe....he steals from Nolan, no need to worry this will deliver. Plus after this epic year for Matthew McConaughey and a supporting cast much better than Inception I wouldn't worry in the least.

  • cattt | December 14, 2013 2:32 PMReply

    I don't understand why so many people are complaining about the teaser. It's obvious that WB just wants to put Nolan trailers out really early to create some buzz. TDKR had similar teaser, only few scenes and a logo. These teasers are aimed at people who have never heard of the project, of course film-geeks are underwhelmed because they already know that Nolan's doing this movie.
    There's probably not enough material for a full trailer, I'm sure that they would've shown more if there was.

  • Fast and Fat. | December 14, 2013 5:00 PM

    Selena Steele Queensuck.

  • Jon | December 14, 2013 4:17 PM

    I'll clue you in. The concept sucks.

  • cirkusfolk | December 14, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    Wanna watch a real trailer, check out the one for Edge of Tomorrow. This was pretty anticlimactic.

  • Denzel Springfielberg | December 14, 2013 5:06 PM

    Respect the cruisculture folkie

  • Phil | December 14, 2013 1:08 PMReply

    The funny thing is this teaser is better than all the films released in 2013.

  • Ross F | December 15, 2013 3:41 AM

    So true.

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  • josh | December 14, 2013 2:11 PM

    You would not be saying that if this did not have Nolan's name attached to it.
    I can already see another scenario where half the fanboys rage out before they've even seen this the moment the first negative review appears like with DKR last year...

  • Mehrine | December 14, 2013 1:24 PM

    Then you probably haven't seen many movies this year...

  • Matthew Starr | December 14, 2013 12:58 PMReply

    Anyone know if this is original music by Zimmer or what?

  • Cousinpher | December 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Hum...bso of DEATHSTELLAR is for...Hana Zimmerwoman. The first woman oscar soundtrack in 2015 since Anne Duvoy for FULL MONTY in 1997. RIGHT?

  • Glass | December 14, 2013 12:44 PMReply

    Anybody else getting huge Zack Snyder vibes here? srsly worried about this...

  • Glass | December 14, 2013 1:44 PM

    I love Malick and I like Nolan a lot. Tyler Perry seems like a good dude, haven't seen his work.

    I'm getting Snyder vibes from the whole thing (including the VO and the commercialized stock footage montage), not just the few shots from the movie. Although the mounted shot from the truck is total Michael Bay/Zack Snyder.

  • Anon | December 14, 2013 1:12 PM

    You idiot, Snyder was influenced by Malick for those shots and so you're basically saying that Malick is shit? So Nolan and Malick are rubbish in your opinion then, I guess you must consider Tyler Perry a genius.

  • TAMMY | December 14, 2013 12:34 PMReply

    Since Ellen Page isn't in this, who's going to tell us how the movie works????

  • lopuin | December 14, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    Christopher Nolan is just high brow Michael Bay.

  • gretta | December 14, 2013 1:15 PM

    So is Spielberg and he's great. Get out of here...

  • Webster Skyhorse | December 14, 2013 12:00 PMReply

    In order to harvest more corn to fuel our dying planet's combustible engine empire, we must travel to alternate dimensions full of striking architecture, twists, and double-twists.

  • Corn Holmes | December 14, 2013 5:14 PM

    Two great scenes of porn...sorry, corn. C-O-R-N. --North by northwest-- and--Signs--

  • ruban | December 14, 2013 11:59 AMReply


  • indisney jones | December 14, 2013 4:49 PM

    Drunk Heart.

  • wtf | December 14, 2013 11:54 AMReply

    wheres batman? pass.

  • yer | December 14, 2013 11:54 AMReply


  • Darren | December 14, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    maybe in year I'll be interested when they have a legitimate trailer out.

  • Michelle Odarren | December 14, 2013 4:51 PM

    Correct. My vote for you in 2016.

  • Alan B | December 14, 2013 11:32 AMReply

    Looks boring, frankly.

  • Ross Geller. | December 14, 2013 4:53 PM

    I love you Rachel. "Friends" at movies. I came for Kevin Jargnauth and for your R.

  • Alan B | December 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    Yeah, that wasn't me. You can tell the difference by the fact there wasn't a bitchy comment about The Playlist's staff and the fact that I actually know what a teaser trailer is supposed to be. Many (not all) of the negative comments seem to be made by the same person.

  • Rachel | December 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Why are you still commenting on the site?

  • your mom | December 14, 2013 11:44 AM

    Yeah, the 10 seconds of actual footage made me fall asleep.

  • John | December 14, 2013 11:31 AMReply

    It's nice to know someone still knows what a teaser is. I am looking forward to this a great deal.

  • The creative. | December 14, 2013 4:54 PM

    Nolan invention: Nouvelle Vague of TEASER TRAILERS. Don't say nothing.

  • Rae | December 14, 2013 11:50 AM

    Yes thank you! I've read several comments about how boring the TEASER trailer is. THIS IS A TEASER TRAILER! The trailers that have come out lately for the summer movies all call themselves teaser trailers even though they're almost 3 minutes long with a crap ton of footage. Drives me nuts. This trailer is beautiful and mysterious and makes me wanna see the movie now! In Nolan I trust!

  • oogle monster | December 14, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    I have no idea what this film is about but I want to see more Chastain!!

  • Husband of Chastain. | December 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    Yess the best. But....when a fragance Paltrow, Blanchett, Pitt, Scarlett???

  • Fangirl | December 14, 2013 4:15 PM

    I'll watch this film because of her. I don't care about the rest. Chastain FTW!

  • 1974 | December 14, 2013 3:48 PM

    Chastain is genius...Apart from Zero Dark Thirty or Heiress, she had so many great roles in the past 2 years, which is small amount of time, and for someone who started off as a complete unknown to critically acclaimed actress (rightfully so). I'm certain that 2014. will be hers, with Miss Julie, Elenor Rigby and Interstellar. Especially Miss Julie, for which I'm certain she will blow eeryone's mind.

  • FTS | December 14, 2013 2:17 PM

    Oogle , I saw Jessica Chastain in The Heiress on Broadway , and she was mediocre , weak , and out of her league . Sadly, she was completely miscast and boring in Zero Dark Thirty ( almost everyone acted her off the screen ) Jessica's co-star , the great Jennifer Ehle , should have been cast in that starring role because she can breathe so much life into her roles .

  • Susan | December 14, 2013 1:42 PM

    I miss her too. Films need more Realness.

  • ms | December 14, 2013 12:07 PM

    I miss her, cannot wait to see her more often! Queen Chastain!

  • atp | December 14, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    yay! Hoyte van Hoytema is the new Roger Deakins!

  • 1974 | December 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    Chastain is genius...Apart from Zero Dark Thirty or Heiress, she had so many great roles in the past 2 years, which is small amount of time, and for someone who started off as a complete unknown to critically acclaimed actress (rightfully so). I'm certain that 2014. will be hers, with Miss Julie, Elenor Rigby and Interstellar. Especially Miss Julie, for which I'm certain she will blow eeryone's mind.

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