Christopher Nolan's Interstellar casts Bill Irwin

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 June 2013
Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin

Christopher Nolan has cast 'Rachel Getting Married' actor Bill Irwin in his new sci-fi blockbuster 'Interstellar', which will reunite him with Anne Hathaway

Christopher Nolan has cast Bill Irwin in 'Interstellar'.

The actor will reunite with his 'Rachel Getting Married' co-star Anne Hathaway in the highly anticipated sci-fi blockbuster from the 'Dark Knight' director, reports.

It's not known what role Irwin will play in the movie as details have been shrouded in secrecy as with most Nolan productions, but he will star alongside an all-star cast including Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and regular Nolan collaborator Sir Michael Caine.

Irwin is best known for playing Hathaway's father in indie drama 'Rachel Getting Married', which earned her a Best Leading Actress nomination at the Academy Awards in 2009. The actress claimed her first Oscar earlier this year in the supporting category for her role as downtrodden prostitute Fantine in Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of musical 'Les Miserables'.

'Interstellar' follows a team of explorers who travel through a wormhole into another dimension.

The sci-fi flick was conceived by 'Lincoln' director Steven Spielberg in 2006, who commissioned Nolan's brother Jonah Nolan to write the script. However, Spielberg left the project, allowing the Nolan brothers - who have collaborated on numerous films, including the 'Dark Knight' trilogy, 'The Prestige' and 'Memento' - to come together once again.

The new script is thought to be a combination of Spielberg's movie and an original idea from Christopher.


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 2h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
  • UK release: 7 November 2014

Cooper (McConaughey) is a pilot-turned-farmer who's recruited for an intergalactic mission to find humanity a new home. Despite awe and nail-biting tension, there's too much clunky exposition and cinematic clichés, and although Nolan's intentions to make a singular and cerebral film are admirable, it all gets a bit silly.

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