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.

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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.