With a string of wildly successful blockbusters to his credit and a lauded reputation as a modern auteur, Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker most actors would kill to worth with. So it's been no surprise that Interstellar, his follow-up to the Dark Knight trilogy, has been pulling together and impressive cast. What is surprising are the latest additions to the ensemble, namely because they are a couple of kids.
THR reveals twelve year old Mackenzie Foy, who is best known as Bella's daughter Renesmee in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2, is final negotiations for Interstellar. The Wrap reports teen actor Timothee Chalamet, who has snagged recurring roles on Royal Pains and Homeland, is joining the cast that includes beloved character actor Bill Irwin, Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck, two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, recent Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine, and Matthew McConaughey, who is a rumored contender for this year's Oscars with buzzed about performances in Mud and the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club. As a big fan of mystery box filmmaking, Nolan is not uttering a word on what any of his actors' parts might be. But Chalamet and Foy's ages alone give us a bit more of an idea of what's going on in Interstellar.
Nolan and his screenwriter partner/brother Jonathan Nolan have been devotedly tightlipped about their latest screenplay aside from confessing its story is inspired by the theories of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. We've known that the plot centers on a group of scientists, and as much of Thorne's work concerns wormholes, we assumed time travel or inter-dimensional travel would play a part. The latest casting notices confirm these theories. But while The Wrap makes mention of the scientists traveling through a worm hole to another dimension, THR also mentions time travel.
Regardless, it seems safe to assume that these wormhole-seeking scientists are full-grown adults, and that they didn't bring their children along for the ride on this dangerous mission. So, it's possible Chalamet and Foy are either playing children left behind, younger versions of the adult leads, or inhabitants of the dimension to which these leads travel. Okay, so it doesn't narrow it down all that much. But it will likely be awhile before we hear anything firm from Nolan's camp. The director is currently refusing to make comment on the film or the latest potential cast additions.
Regardless, should they sign on, this seems a great opportunity for both young actors. Though Chalamet has been growing his résumé with TV work, he's only appeared in two films, the little know The Letter Makers and the forthcoming biopic Burning Blue, which has no major stars to brag about. No matter how small his part in Interstellar might be, it guarantees him a chance to be seen by countless filmmakers and casting agents, who are sure to turn out for Nolan's latest. For Foy's part, she's been a part of one of the biggest franchises in the world, so she's been seen. But collaborating with as prestigious a director as Nolan could get her access to roles outside genre work. Foy will show up next in James Wan's The Conjuring, which hits theaters this Friday.
Interstellar is expected to shoot this fall.