The trailer for mastermind movie maker Christopher Nolan's newest project, the space-themed Interstellar, was released Monday.

The teaser shows little of the movie's plot but has fans eager for more of Nolan's reliably epic storytelling. Interstellar tells the story of a group of explorers who use a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the normal limitations of human space travel. The movie comes at a time when space thrillers are in high demand due to the enormous success of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

'Interstellar' Stars Matthew McConaughey

The Interstellar trailer begins with a close up of a cornfield and the instantly recognizable voice of megastar Matthew McConaughey explaining "we've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible." Followed by a moment of silence, viewers anxiously imagine what Nolan and the movie have in store for us and what "impossible" feats will be attempted. The trailer then teases by featuring real-life clips of aviation and space shuttles interspersed with quick movie clips, including a tearful McConaughey driving away in a pickup down a dirt road.


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The teaser ends with McConaughey realizing that "our destiny lies above us" and viewers left watching a shuttle launched into the atmosphere. The movie's title skillfully appears on the screen, vertical and parallel alongside the launching ship.

Interstellar is the director's first movie since completing The Dark Knight trilogy. Nolan also directed the blockbuster Inception and the well-regarded mystery thriller Memento.

Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan wrote the original screenplay and based the script on the work of Cal Tech astrophysicist Kip Thorne, with Stephen Spielberg originally attached to direct, reported Thorne is a renowned astrophysicist perhaps most famous for his controversial theory that wormholes could be used for time travel.

Nolan gained the rights to the project and reworked the script while maintaining the bulk of the ideas from his brother's screenplay. An additional rumored plot point seems to be confirmed in the trailer's shots of cornfields: that the movie takes place in a near-future setting where the vegetable has become the world's only growable crop.

Interstellar hits theaters Nov. 7, 2014.

Molly Trinkoff

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