Add John Lithgow to Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

One hell of an impressive cast

John LithgowOn top of the news Christopher Nolan had added Ellen Burstyn, Timothée Chalamet ("Homeland") Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2) to his Interstellar cast this morning, now we learn John Lithgow has also signed on, again in an undefined role.

Lithgow was recently seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Campaign and This is 40 and will voice The White Rabbit in ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" this upcoming season, but this certainly ranks up there with the biggest role he's taken on as of late, that is assuming it's of a substantial size.

Along with those already mentioned, Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin and Michael Caine.

Interstellar is set for a November 7, 2014 release and involves time travel and alternate dimensions in a story that sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. The script is based on scientific theories developed by a Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist, a gravitational physicist and astrophysicist at Caltech. Like Inception, the story is said to be "complex and multi-layered". [The Wrap]

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  • navaneethks

    Nice. Very good cast. The answer is probably obvious, but is Hans Zimmer confirmed as the Music Director?

    • G-Man

      Does Music Director = Composer? If so, yes, according to IMDB.

      • Silrian

        Yeah he'll do the score, I've seen him mention it in a Man of Steel interview if I'm not mistaken (nothing of content, just that his next project is with Chris again).

      • navaneethks

        Yup, Composer. Thanks!

  • Winchester

    Some of these names can't be getting all the screentime in the world. That's ten so far. Some of them gotta give.

    • G-Man

      Nolan can pull it off. #Fanboy

    • Hamza Zain

      Inception had 7 actors involved in majority of the story, as well as Tom Berenger, Pete Postlewaithe and Michael Caine all in brief roles. That makes 10 for that movie too. They managed just fine.

  • JN Films

    Interstellar casting overload today.

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  • Django

    Let's not get all hot and flustered over the cast. I mean, Movie 43 had a brilliant cast and...yeah.

    • Ryguy815

      Yeah, but Movie 43 didn't have any very good directors. Interstellar has Christopher Nolan, one of the best directors of our time,

      • Django

        Yes, very good point. Nolan is a very good director.

    • Silrian

      Nolan + great cast = at the very leaaaaaaaaaaaast entertaining.

      Looking at the cast, looking at the release date, this film might have Oscar noteworthy performances.

  • Ryguy815

    I'm excited about this one. It sounds really interesting and has a great cast.

  • Chris138

    Wow, that is the most unexpected casting news I've heard in quite some time. It's great, though, because I love John Lithgow. Can't wait to see and hear more about this film.

  • andyluvsfilms

    its the plot synopsis that is selling the film for me, half the cast i like, the other half i care less about. As for Nolan, he doesn't get an automatic pass for me, i still think TDKR was really awful and better directors than him have fallen on their sword.

    • Hank Akin

      "really awful"

      See that's what makes him so great. That's ridiculous, TDKR was not awful at all. I mean seriously, look at all the abominations that have come out this summer blockbuster season. Bust after bust. There hasn't been one that has come out that has been nearly as good as TDKR. I hate to be the one to tell you exactly what you're thinking, but it's just TDK set the bar THAT high.

      • EPayneDDS

        Amen. If TDKR is going to go down in History as Nolan's worst, than he'll have a legendary career. (And PS I thought TDKR was amazing).

        • Kimberlesk

          I'm with both of you on that -- I loved TDKR as much as the rest of the trilogy. I also agree that it's better than any of the blockbusters yet this summer.

    • Chris138

      Yeah, TDKR may be the weakest in Nolan's trilogy but it's a hell of a lot better than the average mainstream summer blockbuster Hollywood throws at its audiences every year. This summer's lineup has been almost nothing but disappointments as far as mainstream entertainment goes.

      • andyluvsfilms

        Just my opinion fellas, i wasn't comparing it to any other film, i just had a really bad experience, maybe it was an expectation thing but there was a lot wrong with it and if Damon Lindelof was involved people would of given it a much tougher ride ie every single cop in the city in one place trapped for however many months and are finally released and all are clean shaven. #PeaceAndLoveToYou

        • Django

          I kind of feel the same as you. I wouldn't say that it's an awful film, but i did find it very sterile and dull. It didn't have the amount of intensity that Dark Knight had.

          • andyluvsfilms

            Allow me to flip flop on the "awful" comment, it's probably more accurate to say "for me it lacked the quality of the previous two installments"

        • Chris138

          Fair enough, I didn't mean for it to sound like I was ragging on you or anything. I admit that I was even a little disappointed the first time I saw it just based on the fact that it isn't better than The Dark Knight, but so it goes.

          • andyluvsfilms

            now we are brothers ;-)

            • Hank Akin

              Yeah I don't have a problem with your opinion. I actually agree in that it was the relative weakest of the trilogy. However, I firmly believe the third installment of ANY trilogy is always the relative weakest (Return of the Jedi, LOTR, Godfather, Last Crusade, Matrix, Evil Dead, Alien, Spiderman)

  • themoviewatcher

    A great final addition to a great cast for an intriguing story with a spectacular director behind it.

  • Ducard

    How much better can this cast get? It seems overloaded, but Nolan has already established himself as one the great directors of all time (unless this one + his next 4 movies suck) & I'm sure he's doing this (like everything else he does) with a very specific purpose in mind. It's nice to see Lithgow on he big screen again especially after the fine work he id in "...Apes".

  • Aditya

    This seems to be shaping up nicely. I'm guessing not all of these people will be the ones going on the voyage. Maybe some of them will play characters to support the backstory of the main maybe a family member or something

  • TVs Ross

    The more I hear about this the more excited I get, which means I should probably go into full on lockout mode for this movie before my expectations get too high, hahaha.

  • Hudsucker

    I bet this'll be like Thin Red Line, where many mainstream actors are in it for like a minute.

  • BishopSummers

    I love time travel stories. And alternate dimensions sound great as well. If anyone can pull these themes off and make a great movie its Nolan. I know the fanboy love for the guy might be getting a little too much for some people. But I'm still really excited for this film.

  • maja

    Hoping that Gordon-Levitt is cast next so we can get a mini 3rd Rock from the Sun reunion.

  • Daniel Prinn

    I love Nolan and the cast, so I'm excited. I haven't seen some of Lithgow's best work; but I thought he was great on TV's Dexter.

    • Kimberlesk

      Dexter's Trinity killer season was the best!!