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.

Matthew McConaughey offered the lead role 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 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: Deadline
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  1. Titon

    @narrator Likewise

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  2. the Narrator

    @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.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  3. Titon

    @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.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  4. WongFu

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

    It's good that Matthew wants a change

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. the Narrator

    @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.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. Titon

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

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  7. ejk1

    @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.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Titon

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

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  9. the Narrator

    @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.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    Sounds boring!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  11. Titon

    @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.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  12. skywise

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

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Corey W.

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

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  14. ejk1

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

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. Titon

    @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.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  16. skywise

    @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.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. Titon

    @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.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  18. skywise

    @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.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  19. Titon

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

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @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

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. Titon

    @ejk1 This is a Sci Fi film with Nolan writing and directing, he offered the lead to McConaghey for a good reason there's no doubt about that, He has proven to be a great actor, in films like A Time To Kill, Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe and The Paperboy but like I said before he just doesn't seem right for a Sci Fi-Nolan film, the film will definitely have a dark-serious tone, and the role should be offered to someone who can pull off the character in this concept and with more experience, like Downey Jr or Ruffalo. The film is about Kip Thorne's theory of gravity fields and wormholes, is obviously a big role for McConaughey, But then again with Nolan anything could work, and he has turn unknown actors into stars. McConaughey is obviously not an unknown and if he accepts, I hope, he forgets every role he ever played good or bad, because Nolan plays with originality and precision.

    As for Shailene Woodley, she has turn out into a great actress, and she in my opinion will do great as MJ, the only problem I have is the character in the pics, she looks more of a tomboy than the ussual Mj we all know.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  22. ejk1

    Matt seems to be taking his job more seriously ever since he started getting Camila preggers.

    I have been very vocal about my dislike of Shailene Woodley being cast as MJ, because I feel that she doesn't "fit" the role. Whether or not my stance has merit will ultimately be decided at a later date, and any argument on that front will be shelved for now. The only reason I bring it up is because @themoviefanatic and @Titon have said they do not feel Matt "fits" this role. I disagree with them, however I am not in any way calling them hypocritical or flip-floppers, or anything of the sort. One could obviously say the same about me. But, my reasoning behind my stances have some logic behind them. Woodley is playing a character steeped in tradition; MJ Watson is not a creation for film, she is a character with decades of life behind her. This "Cooper" that Matt will be playing (article says he is the male lead, by the way, so no one else will be cast unless the deal falls apart) does not have any of that type of tradition. He is a character built from scratch. The Sci-Fi genre has seen its eclectic share of heroes, and Matt can add to that pantheon. There should be no expectations of this character because this character is an unknown entity.

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  23. Sean

    @Titon I agree! That would be great!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  24. Titon

    @themoviefanatic I think Ruffalo or Downey Jr will be perfect, for a Nolan film.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  25. Titon

    @narrator I'm not saying they are bad actresses, all I'm saying is that they were wrong choices for the roles, and I don't disagree with you when you say their characters were poorly written, that's true, specially the role of Rachel Dawes, they could have done so much better, and when Nolan Killed her off in The Dark Knight, that could've been very emotional for us, feel what Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent felt, like in The Dark Knight Rises, we all felt Bruce's pain, because, we care about him. Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard were perfect for the roles in The Dark Knight Rises, because they were written pretty well, they brought the reality of the characters unlike Gyllenhaal, Holmes and Page, they are great actresses, is just they didn't fit in the roles, the proper written could've help, but they were just, not right.

    2 years agoby @TitonFlag

  26. the Narrator

    @Titon Lol. All the female actresses that you listed weren't poor choices for their characters, their part was simply poorly written. Don't get the two confused. Nolan's primary consistent weakness, and he has a few of them, has been in developing believable and sympathetic female characters. With powerhouse actresses like Cotillard or capable actresses like Page Johansson, and Gyllenhaal, the casting has nothing to do with the shortcomings of the writer.

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  27. WongFu


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  28. Sean

    @Titon Yes, that's true. Good point about Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. That would of been interesting if one of those two actors were to star in this movie.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  29. Sean

    @narrator Well, hopefully i am wrong about him. I just thought that Nolan would of casted someone else bigger for the role.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  30. Dark enV

    I agree he seems an odd choice for a Nolan film but let's be honest, when Heath Ledger was first cast as the Joker many of us had some serious doubts, I for one thought it was a horrible pick when announced and I think we all know how that turned out LOL. I've learned not to question Nolan since then so if he thinks McConaughey is the right choice then so be it.
    In Nolan We Trust

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