ByPeter Matthews, writer at
Writer, Reader, Film watcher
Peter Matthews

The plot of Christopher Nolan's upcoming space epic Interstellar in notoriously mysterious. The trailers dropped so far have not told us a lot, either. Mainly, they have involved Matthew McConaughey saying enigmatic things about mankind, space and destiny.

So what do we know? Well there may be some speculation involved, but let's run through some of the most popular theories so far.

Earth is in Agricultural Crisis

  What's up with all the corn? The answer lies above!
What's up with all the corn? The answer lies above!

This theory may or may not have come about simply due to the prevalence in the first few trailers of corn. Matthew McConaughey seemed to spend a lot of his time driving through corn fields. He also, however, speaks this line:

We used to look up and wonder about our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.

These two things together have made people think that, in the time the movie is set, the Earth is going through some sort of agricultural crisis that will endangers mankind's survival on earth. McConaughey, an engineer whose work on spaceships seems to have perhaps dried up somewhat recently, eventually embarks on a mission to space to ensure the future survival of the species.

Wormholes, and Kip Thorne

Kip Thorne is a name that has been buzzing around [Interstellar](movie:813746) for months. He is a physicist who has spent his life studying wormholes, which are expected to be a major plot point in the movie. At Comic Con, director Christopher Nolan confirmed that he had been in discussion with the scientist:

It actually made my head hurt a bit. I actually said to Kip, 'Well, I don't want to understand this stuff too much because I have to be able to explain it to the audience.

Different Time Zones

  Jessica Chastain: mystery character
Jessica Chastain: mystery character

So far, so good, but we are now entering some of the more tenuous speculation that has surrounded this movie. Of all the wild theories out there, however, this one does seem plausible.

One of the consequences of (potentially) traveling through a wormhole is that time may move at different speeds in different places. This movie is packed with famous movie stars, but some of them have only been seen in glimpses in the trailer. One theory going around is that after returning from his journey Matthew McConaughey's character returns to Earth to find it - and his family - completely changed. Could Jessica Chastain be his daughter, after she has grown up? Only time will tell.


And now we reach the truly crazy end of the speculation surrounding this movie. Interstellar is a sci-fi movie, though, and sci-fi movies are known to feature aliens. Despite the fact that none of the signs Chrisopher Nolan has let come out so far have given any strong indications of aliens, it is not impossible.

What is less likely, is that he has included any in his trailer. Some fans will not be stopped, however. They believe that in the latest trailer for Interstellar, as Michael Caine is reciting Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", you can see aliens escape an explosion as a spaceship crashes in a ball of fire.

Intrigued? Check out the video here. It's at 1:54, just on the right hand corner of the screen:

So which of these potential plot points do you think we'll be seeing in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar? Have your say below the line!


Which plot line do you think is most likely for Interstellar?


Latest from our Creators