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The plot of The Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan's upcoming movie Interstellar may be one of the most tightly kept secrets in Hollywood, but fans are more inquisitive than ever, and while there are many unconfirmed theories going around, it looks like something plausible is starting to come together.

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: Plot SPOILERS

From what we've seen so far, Matthew McConaughey plays an out of work space engineer in an America in agricultural crisis. Crops are failing and, as in the dust bowl of the early 20th century, loose top soil is being spread by the wind, spoiling crops and making life a misery.

Matthew McConaughey, however, is a stubborn optimist on a planet that looks to be content eking out what they can from the failing earth, rather than looking to travel to new worlds.

He has even named his daughter Murphy, after Murphy's Law, an adage which states that "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". Rather than seeing this as a negative statement, McConaughey believes it to show that anything is possible.

As the latest trailers have shown, at some point the Earth reaches a state of such despair that they decide they must at least attempt to explore other worlds, and Matthew McConaughey's character along with that of Anne Hathaway (who has worked with Christopher Nolan before on The Dark Knight Rises) are sent to space in order to get the resources Earth so desperately needs.

Wormholes, Kip Thorne and Space Travel

So far, so good. All of this is more or less what we can tell from the trailer, but it is at this point that the plot gets a little murkier.

One this we do know, as it was revealed by Christopher Nolan at the Interstellar event at San Diego Comic Con 2014, is that one major part of the plot will be the theories of physicist Kip Thorne, who has done extensive research into Wormholes.

It seems likely, then, that Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway's spaceship will be traveling through a wormhole to other planet, allowing them to reach further into space than anyone has managed before.

Matthew McConaughey to go Time Travelling in Interstellar?

Another potential consequence of space travel by wormhole is that time moves at a different speed, and this could be a major factor in the plot of Interstellar.

In fact, this plot point may well be bourne out by a quick glance at Interstellar's IMDB page, where you can find Mackenzie Foy and Casey Affelck listed as Young Murph and Young Tom, respectively, and Jessica Chastain and William Devane as Murph and Old Tom.

Of course, this wouldn't be the first movie to show character across different ages, but could a potential plot lines be Matthew McConaughey's return to earth to find his family grown up, while he has barely aged at all?

If you rewatch the trailer with this in mind you begin to see numerous subtle references to age and time, including the young Murph asking Matthew McConaughey "When will you be back?" - could all this hint at a time-travelling plot?

The final outstanding question about Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is whether of not this movie will feature aliens. There is no sign of aliens in the trailer (expect some fan speculation about what at first appear to be shadows in the trailer, look back at 2:07, just next to the explosion) but could they make an appearance?

What seems clear is that we won't see alien hordes descend on earth as in movies like War of the Worlds or District 9, but could we see McConaughey and Anne Hathaway encounter something while they are on a distant planet?

With all the comparisons to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 that this movie is generating, could the aliens be something completely unexpected, along the lines of the sentient obelisk creature in A Space Odyssey?

The mysterious obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey
The mysterious obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Ultimately, we will have to wait for the movies release date of November 7th 2014 to get the answers to all our questions, but don't let that stop you speculating in the comments section below!


What do you think will happen in Interstellar?


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