Jessica Chastain as: Murph
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Selected Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck
Running Time: 169min
Release Date: November 05, 2014 (Wide)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.
Jonathan Nolan was hired by Spielberg to write a script for Interstellar and worked on it for four years. His brother, Christopher Nolan, decided to merge with a script he was working on himself for a few years as well. The setting was inspired by the Dust Bowl that took place in the United States during the Great Depression in the 1930s. Christopher revised the rest of the script, in which a team travels into space. After watching the 2012 documentary The Dust Bowl for inspiration, Christopher contacted director Ken Burns and producer Dayton Duncan, requesting permission to use some of their featured interviews in Interstellar.
There was a lot of secrecy on casting, plot and filming scenes. We had barely no informations on the film until it was released. McConaughey was visited by Nolan while he was filming for TV series True Detective. Anne Hathaway was invited to Nolan’s home, where she read the script and on April 2013 both was announced as official joining the project. Chastain was contacted while she was filming Miss Julie in Northern Ireland and the script was delivered to her. Matt Damon was cast in late August 2013 and filmed his scenes in Iceland.
The film’s principal photography was schedule to last for four months. It began on August 6, 2013 in the province of Alberta. Filming in the province lasted till September 9, 2013, and involved hundreds of extras as well as approximately 130 crew members, most of them local. To film the scenes in Iceland the crew transported mock spaceships weighing approximately 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) to the country, which was chosen to represent two extraterrestrial planets: one covered in ice, and the other covered in water. A two-week Iceland shoot was scheduled, and a crew of approximately 350 people, including 130 locals, worked on it. After shooting in Iceland, the crew moved to Los Angeles to film for 54 days. Locations included the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, the Los Angeles Convention Center, a Sony Pictures soundstage in Culver City, and a private residence in Altadena. Filming concluded in December 2013, and Nolan started editing the film for its release in 2014. Production completed with a budget of $165 million, $10 million less than what was allotted by Paramount, Warner Bros., and Legendary Pictures.
Interstellar grossed $188 million in North America and $487.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $675.1 million, against a production budget of $165 million. It received various industry awards and nominations – mostly for technical categories – and was chosen Movie of the Year by the American Film Institute Awards. It won an Academy Award, a Critics Choice and a BAFTA for its Visual Effects.