New ‘Interstellar’ Trailer: Christopher Nolan Sends Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway to Space (Video)

Epic in scope, the film looks like a surefire awards contender

After a test run at Comic-Con, another look at “Interstellar” has officially blasted off.

Director Christopher Nolan‘s first post-Batman project features Matthew McConaughey as a former pilot who wants to take to the skies once again, and gets his chance as part of a space mission that could save mankind. The synopsis: “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.”

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“He's a man whose reach constantly exceeds his grasp,” McConaughey said of Nolan, who cited “2001: A Space Odyssey,” as the single greatest inspiration for the film. “With this film, that's true. This is by far the most ambitious film Nolan has ever directed.”

Anne Hathaway stars alongside McConaughey on the spacecraft, with Jessica Chastain earthbound and wearing looks of great concern. Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace, and John Lithgow also co-star.