By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood June 21, 2013 at 11:36AM
UPDATE: Casey Affleck is the latest to sign on to Christopher's Nolan's time-traveling "Interstellar," which currently has Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and Bill Irwin lined up. Affleck has been on a roll lately, with David Lowery's Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (August 16) and Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," which Relativity is giving a confident Oscar push this coming awards season. "Interstellar" is set for a November 7, 2014 release.
McConaughey also had a great year in 2012, with an acclaimed role in "Magic Mike," a box-office smash, and in smaller, edgier fare like "Bernie," "Killer Joe" and "The Paperboy." "Interstellar" will continue his move away from the usual typecasting in favor of well-received films with auteur backing.
Hathaway and Nolan are reuniting for "Interstellar," following the actress' 2012 turn as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises." She won the Oscar earlier this year for "Les Miserables"; Chastain was nominated for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty."
EARLIER: Forget about Christopher Nolan directing "Bond 24" -- his next movie will be the time-traveling "Interstellar," which will be handled domestically by Paramount and internationally by Warner Bros. and will blast off November 7, 2014. As before, expect both IMAX sequences and exhibition.
If "Inception" was Nolan's Bond movie, then "Interstellar" will surely be his "2001: A Space Odyssey," described as "a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding."
"Interstellar" was initially developed by Steven Spielberg in 2006 as a scientifically-observed adventure about "a group of explorers who travel through a worm hole and into another dimension," from a treatment by physicist Kip Thorne and producer Lynda Obst. A year later, Nolan's brother, Jonathan, hopped aboard as screenwriter and introduced a "time element." Spielberg eventually dropped out and in January Christopher Nolan signed on to write and direct.
Nolan previously reported that he would transform "Interstellar" into a hybrid of the previous script and his own ideas, which you can bet will share some of the same cerebral DNA as "Inception."
"Interstellar" will be produced by Nolan, his wife and long-time collaborator, Emma Thomas, and Obst. Thorne is still attached as executive producer.