How do you fill a nearly two-minute-long teaser for a movie you’re not ready to show much footage from? Pad it with archival material, of course. The first look at Christopher Nolan‘s highly anticipated new sci-fi film Interstellar has arrived online, and at first we could mistake it for a documentary with its clips from the Great Depression and the history of the U.S. space program plus some celebrity voiceover narration by Matthew McConaughey. This is a nonfiction propaganda film about why we must support a return to space exploration, isn’t it? After all, the concept is nearly identical to that of the Peter Cullen-narrated “We Are the Explorers” NASA PSA that played ahead of Star Trek Into Darkness earlier this year.
Oh, but wait, there’s McConaughey actually on screen. And crying, which indicates this is a dramatic narrative picture. About what? A man driving away from his farmhouse (it’d be cooler if it was the same one in the Depression clip earlier), past some corn fields to go get on a space shuttle and continue the human tradition of pioneerism? Sounds like Captain Kirk, if you ask me. Any clues from the shot of books we see? Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical realism classic One Hundred Years of Solitude, a marital drama called Out of the Blue by Isobel Wolff, something by Ted Morgan (is that his Somerset Maugham bio?), Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale… Nope, none of these are helping. Well, there’s a shuttle launch at the end, so at least we can figure this movie does actually wind up off Earth.
Little is known about Interstellar except that it involves space travel, wormholes and a cast including McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck and, the name I’m most interested in, Bill Irwin. As the teaser points out, the movie will be out a year from now.