Christopher Nolan has moved on from the world of Batman but he’s still firmly planted with the sci-fi genre. After giving us the twisted trip that was 2010’s Inception, Nolan is heading back to the sci-fi genre with his upcoming film Interstellar. Friday we got a bit of casting news as Casey Affleck has reportedly been cast in the film which begins shooting around the end of the year.
“I’ve got a movie coming out at Thanksgiving called Out of the Furnace,” he said in Elle Magazine, via ComicBookMovie.com. “And I’m going to work on a Chris Nolan movie in the fall.”
Affleck’s casting in Nolan’s film comes as a pleasant surprise, as the director typically sticks with his same group of actors from film to film. He used Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in both Inception and The Dark Knight Rises and he even cast Tom Hardy in the second largest role in The Dark Knight Rises after working with him on Inception. Michael Caine has been in every Nolan film from Batman Begins onward and you have to believe that if Heath Ledger had not died in 2008, he would have become Robert De Niro to Nolan’s Martin Scorsese.
Caine shows up again in Interstellar as does Anne Hathaway which continues Nolan’s trend of using an actor from his previous film in the next one he produces. But for his latest film Nolan as seemingly branched out a bit as he’s so far cast Matthew McConaughey in the film’s lead role with Jessica Chastain and Bill Irwin filling in supporting roles — all of whom are new to the Nolanverse.
Affleck has proven himself to be as wildly talented as his older brother Ben and with being cast in Nolan’s new film, continues a trend of brilliant career decisions. He’s come a long way from being s smart-ass comic book nerd in Chasing Amy and could hit the stratosphere of Hollywood with his latest role.