Matthew McConaughey Offered the Lead in Christopher Nolan's ‘Interstellar’

The ‘Magic Mike’ star will play Cooper in this sci-fi thriller, if he accepts the offer.
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Matthew McConaughey Offered the Lead in Christopher Nolan's ‘Interstellar’

Matthew McConaughey offered the lead role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar Director Christopher Nolan has offered the male lead role in his next project Interstellar to Matthew McConaughey. There is no deal in place at this time, but the actor will portray a character named Cooper if everything is finalized.

The story centers on an interstellar voyage that pushes the boundaries of our scientific knowledge. The project's roots go back to 2006, when Steven Spielberg hired Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan's younger brother, to write the screenplay. The idea sprung from noted physicist Kip S. Thorne's theory that wormholes actually exist and can be used for time travel.

Christopher Nolan wrote the screenplay, which merges his own original ideas with the script that his brother Jonathan Nolan wrote. Christopher Nolan is also producing with Emma Thomas and Lynda Obst. Jordan Goldberg is executive producing with Kip S. Thorne, who also serves as a consultant on the project. No production schedule was released.

Matthew McConaughey had a very busy 2012, starring in Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Magic Mike, and Bernie. He will next be seen in The Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Interstellar was released November 7th, 2014.

Sources:Deadline

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  • Titon • 2 years ago

    @narrator Likewise

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    • narrator • 2 years ago

      @Titon Ahaha! Dude, I said you were ignorant for assuming what it is you're assuming about a role that we know nothing about? How hard is that to grasp? You know nothing about this role, which I said, and you're already saying McConaughey is a bad choice. Also, I acknowledge that the character may not be floating in space, if you bothered to read and comprehend my comments in full. I simply used that as an example of just how much we know about the requirements of this character.

      As for Ruffalo being a decent actor, again, I didn't call you ignorant for that. I just said I disagreed. Neither did I say McConaughey should take the role. I just think Nolan would look at him as a possible lead for a reason, so if he gets it, it's okay with me. Seriously, try and read my comments before jumping to conclusions.

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      • Titon • 2 years ago

        @narrator Because is called Interstellar is doesn't mean he will float in space, it could be anything, from an Engineer working on a machine to a scientist working on a theory of wormholes in space, see Contact, Jodie Foster's character never leaves earth but crosses a wormhole, thanks to a machine they made. For that we will have to wait.

        As for you saying to me I'm ignorant, beacuse I know Ruffalo could pull off any role, is just completely ignorance coming from you, that's my opinion on the matter, for me he's a fantastic actor, as well as you say McConaughey should take on the role that's your opinion too, and I respect that, that's your take. This is mine.

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        • instead8909 • 2 years ago

          don't mention Anne Hathaway she's a bad actress.

          It's good that Matthew wants a change

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          • narrator • 2 years ago

            @Titon Lol. I really like Fincher's Zodiac, and I believe the entire cast gave solid ensemble performances, but Ruffalo didn't stand out in the least. I'm not saying he's a bad actor, but I've yet to see any role he's done and think, "No one else could have pulled that role off better." Try again.

            Also, you've yet to address the fact that you know NOTHING about this role other than a guy will have to wear a space suit and float in space (and even that's not a given), and yet you're saying so and so will be better than blah and blah. Basing such a confident opinion off hardly any information makes said opinion an ignorant one, which has the unfortunate effect of making you look ignorant. But hey! Don't worry, I do the same thing from time to time.

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            • Titon • 2 years ago

              @ejk1 Hahaha emotions clouding my judgement, you are watching way to many movies.

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              • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                @Titon That's a far-fetched statement about RDJ and Ruffalo. No one can pull off any role. Neither one would make sense as the lead character in a martial arts film, for example. Not to get all Jedi on you, but you're letting your emotions cloud your judgment.

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                • Titon • 2 years ago

                  @narrator See Zodiac, Ruffalo could play anything! The role might be that of an astronaut or an engineer, or maybe a scientist.

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                  • narrator • 2 years ago

                    @Titon Ha! Ruffalo in any role? Are you kidding me!?

                    Like @ejk1 and myself have said, you're basing all of this off of an unspecified role in a space travelling film. Thus McConaughey MUST be wrong for the role, because it's an astronaut! Surely he doesn't have the range required to float in space, because as of now, that's all we're remotely sure his character will be doing.

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                    • 2movieguys • 2 years ago

                      Sounds boring!

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                      • Titon • 2 years ago

                        @ejk1 Simply because you can put Downey Jr and Ruffalo in any role, and they will pull it off perfectly, In McConaughey's case, he has had his limitations as an Actor, if he accepts this role I really want him to be Great, This is a one in a million opportunity to be more than just a comedy and Indie film Actor.

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                        • skywise • 2 years ago

                          @Titon Agreed. This is definatly a good thing for him.

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                          • corey • 2 years ago

                            Works for me. Hopefully Murphy gets cast in the near future too for a supporting role :P

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                            • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                              @Titon Your using illogical reasoning for your stance. How can anyone be better than another for what you yourself termed an "unspecified role?"

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                              • Titon • 2 years ago

                                @skywise The thing is that McConaughey is getting old a he wants memorables roles, he wants to get away from the comedies, and Nolan offering this role to him is the Jackpot for him.

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                                • skywise • 2 years ago

                                  @Titon Well yes...i thought what we were doing here was sharing opinions. But your right, that was my opinion on the matter and I am not trying to change your mind in any way.

                                  I would say that he has been a fine actor who has chosen poor films to appear in. His turn as the captain in U571 was convincing and his Fenton Meeks in Frailty was downright chilling.

                                  But lately I have noticed a consorted effort by him to break the mold a bit and that is never a bad thing.

                                  As far as Ellen Page's character..she was sort of the most important one because that movie was based around exposition and it was through her that we recieved it.

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                                  • Titon • 2 years ago

                                    @skywise That's your opinion on the matter, but Downey Jr. or Ruffalo, would be much better in this unspecified role and they are much better than McConaughey, It might be an astronaut role or a an engineer role, who knows. McConaughey in the last 2 years has improve his acting abilities, no doubt, and he played a philosopher in the past, in the film Contact, but I can't see him in this role, then again is Nolan at the helm and like I said before, anything could happen. What I'm trying to say is that for Interstellar they could cast the likes of Downey Jr, Ruffalo or maybe Jake Gyllenhaal. As for Ellen Page in Inception didn't hate her nor loved her in the role, I know they should have cast another actress, but it didn't affect the film in any way.

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                                    • skywise • 2 years ago

                                      @Titon Below you mentioned that McConaughey is a Cowboy which is sort of what I think of when I picture astronauts or in this case, intersteller travlers. They are all very cowboy-ish in nature and he would be much better than Robert Downey Jr or Mark Ruffalo in that respect.

                                      McConaughey has been making an effort to get away from the goofy "The Surfer Dude" and romantic comedies he got sucked into doing for a while and has proven that he has what it takes to do so. Movies dont get a whole lot darker than Killer Joe.

                                      Oh and Ellen Page rocked in Inception. that is all.

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                                      • Titon • 2 years ago

                                        @bawnian-dexeus Exactly, he doesn't seem right for the role, but is Nolan writing and directing, anything could happen.

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                                        • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                          @Titon He doesn't seem right because it's a Nolan movie, but then you say that anything could work because it's a Nolan movie

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