Christopher Nolan has already made some of the biggest sci-fi films of the last decade, but he could top them all with his latest project, Interstellar.
In the 15 years since his first feature film, Following, Nolan has taken us through a complete odyssey of the Caped Crusader with his Dark Knight trilogy. He's probed the nature of dreams with his mind-bending sci-fi caper Inception. He's explored the concept of memory with Memento. He's given us superb thrillers like Insomnia and The Prestige. And all of this combined means we can't wait to see what he does next.
What's next is Interstellar, a sci-fi film that's still very much shrouded in mystery. Nolan hasn't quite eclipsed J.J. Abrams as the king of genre blockbuster secrecy yet, but he's definitely happy keeping things to himself, and the remarkably brief Interstellar synopsis reflects that.
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
That's not a lot to go on, but it does convey a wide range of possibilities. That seems to be what Nolan's going for -- possibility -- and the first teaser for this much-anticipated film certainly fuels that fire as we watch a series of great human achievements accompanied by an often breathtaking Matthew McConaughey voiceover about why the spirit of pioneering among humans simply can't die.
We still don't know anything about the film's actual plot yet, but Nolan's definitely signaling a reach for the stars here, and with a cast that includes McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathway, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Topher Grace, he definitely seems to be in a position to launch this film into the stratosphere.
In that sense, this Interstellar teaser isn't just a look at an upcoming film, but an announcement of a filmmaker's pure sense of ambition. After successfully undertaking massive sci-fi flicks like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan's definitely proven he's got the chops to pull off a film like this. But in the year-long wait until the film's release, we'll keep asking the inevitable question: Will he?
Interstellar hits theaters on Nov. 7, 2014.