Christopher Nolan's Interstellar Adds David Oyelowo And David Gyasi

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-07-30 17:42:59discussion comments
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During the casting process for The Dark Knight Rises we were constantly amazed by the number of incredibly talented actors that Christopher Nolan was able to bring together for the project, and he has been doing very similar work with his next film, the sci-fi thriller Interstellar. Ever since the director brought Matthew McConaughey on board back in March we've seen a steady stream of casting announcements - and that continues today. The Wrap is reporting that both David Oyelowo and Cloud Atlas' David Gyasi - who actually previously co-starred together in Anthony Hemmingway's Red Tails, are the latest stars to sign on for the movie.

While details about the plot have been kept to a minimum, the new film is said to be based on the work of Caltech physicist Kip Thorne and touches on scientific theories regarding wormholes and possibly time travel. Very little is known about the characters that any of the actors on board will play, and that extends to the roles played by Oyelowo and Gyasi, as the source of the news says that "details of their characters are being kept confidential." Jonathan Nolan, Christopher's brother and the screenwriter behind The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, wrote the first draft of the screenplay, which Christopher then rewrote, splicing the film's concept with an idea that he had previously been working on.

While Oyelowo doesn't have a tremendous amount of genre filmmaking experience (outside of Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes) he has become one of the more sought after actors in Hollywood. Last appearing stateside in the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, he will next be seen playing Forest Whitaker's son in Lee Daniels' The Butler - which will be out next month. He has also wrapped on the UK drama Complicit from director Niall MacCormick, Simon Brand's thriller Default, and Cynthia Mort's musical drama Nina.

Gyasi, who also hails from the UK, has spent most of his career on the small screen - though he did play the role of "Skinny Prisoner" in The Dark Knight Rises. His other previous credits include episodes of Doctor Who, and Torchwood.

The two stars join an ensemble cast that ranks as one of the best that Nolan has ever assembled. In addition to McConaughey, the film is also set to star Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Wes Bently, and child actors Timothee Chalamet and Mackenzie Foy. Paramount Pictures has announced that they will be releasing the film in theaters on November 7, 2014, and at CinemaCon earlier this year it was announced that the director will once again be employing the use IMAX cameras for some of the filming. At this time there isn't any clear information regarding when they are planning to go into production, but presumably they will start up before the end of the year.
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