(CNN) — In the new movie “Interstellar,” Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable and the future of human life rests in the hands of Matthew McConaughey.
Or rather, it rests in the hands of the farmer and former NASA pilot McConaughey plays in “Interstellar,” Christopher Nolan’s latest epic that is pretty much guaranteed to be a hot topic this awards season.
What’s less guaranteed is whether moviegoers will take to this sci-fi adventure, which also stars Anne Hathaway as one of the four space explorers who set off through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a more hospitable planet.
Director and co-writer Nolan, who has previously shown his skill with “The Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception,” worked closely with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to create an experience that would do for audiences what “2001: A Space Odyssey” once did for the director.
“One of my earliest movie memories is my dad taking me to see ‘2001’ in (London’s) Leicester Square on the big screen,” Nolan recalled in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It was such an extraordinary feeling: to be taken off this planet and to the furthest reaches of the universe. It has really been an ambition of mine: If I ever had the opportunity to get involved in a large-scale science fiction project, something about exploring our universe, I would try to seize the opportunity.”
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