Interstellar – will there finally be an Oscar win for Christopher Nolan?

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From watching the latest trailer, Interstellar hints at being a fairly cerebral sci-fi movie that relies more on human emotion than special effects; nonetheless the pundits predict that it could emulate Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar success in 2014 with the special effects laden sci-fi thriller, Gravity.

Director Chistopher Nolan (Memento, Inception, The Dark Knight) has been unlucky in the Oscar department, but Interstellar may just be the right vehicle for Academy Award accolades, especially considering its ‘stellar’ cast that includes Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Anne Hathaway and the evergreen Ellen Burstyn, as well as Golden Globe winners Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow. If things go pear-shaped at next year’s Oscar ceremony it would definitely not be for lack of talent.

The plot is loosely based on the scientific theories of renowned theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne, who was one of the first people to conduct scientific research on whether the laws of physics permit space and time to be multiply connected, in the process trying to answer the classical science fiction conundrums – are traversable wormholes and “time machines” possible?

According to Nolan his ambition was to emulate the scope and gravitas of sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey and rekindle the vision of long distance human spaceflight. The preliminary synopsis supports that statement: a group of explorers and scientists embark on an epic space voyage to save humanity after a wormhole is discovered . Other than that threadbare information we will have to wait and see if Nolan and company delivers.

Watch the new trailer here. World wide release dates are set for 5, 6 and 7 November 2014.