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Christopher Nolan's Interstellar Delivers Epic First Trailer

"We're not meant to save the world. We're meant to leave it."

That's the line that sticks out the most for me regarding our latest, most thorough peek at Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's epic space drama about... well shoot, they've been coy, haven't they? Nolan is no J.J. Abrams, but the concept for this picture has been buried in secrecy. Thanks to this Interstellar trailer, some of it has come to light. But there's still plenty they're hiding. Oh Christopher Nolan, you rogue you!

Matthew McConaughey appears here as Cooper, the troubled farmer who has to deal with shrinking crops. The film posits that the greatest threat we'll face in the future is diminished food supplies, and as Michael Caine intones, "We must confront the reality that nothing in this solar system can help us."

Michael Caine

They also make a big show of teaching Cooper about Murphy's Law. Surely Charles Bronson would like to have a word with you about that!


The Interstellar trailer ends with McConaughey taking off into space, robbing us of a peek of the film's considerable big-budget sequences, not to mention a few key cast members. And McConaughey's bold proclamation that, "I'm coming back" suggests that he's true to his word, and that perhaps some of the high profile cast members in this film are playing slightly older versions of those whom we've already seen. Or alternate dimension versions?

We think we might know what this all means. Head to the next page for Interstellar trailer screenshot evidence... Check out this shot of Jessica Chastain in the trailer...

Jessica Chastain

Note the jacket she's wearing looks a lot like the one worn by McConaughey before he goes to space...

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar

Could that mean Jessica Chastain is playing the grown-up version of Murph?

No one in the trailer even mentions the "wormholes" that are supposed to be the focus of the storyline, though we do see McConaughey's spaceship entering what appears to be one. Wormholes and time travel often go hand in hand.

This is a sentimental, straight-faced trailer, one that shows Nolan's team as the best at crafting marketing materials for their films. The theme on Interstellar deals with one man making sacrifices in order to guarantee the future of the human race, the metaphorical suggestion that all it takes is one man putting the rest of humanity's needs ahead of his own. Caine says, "As a species, we must confront the reality of interstellar travel." It really puts a button on the suggestion that intellectual curiosity isn't just some guilt-trip fad, but the very idea that's going to ensure the planet's safety in the future. "Mankind was born on Earth," the trailer's closing text reads. "It was never meant to die here." Gauntlet thrown!

Interstellar opens November 7th.