For its big San Diego Comic-Con surprise, Paramount managed to get Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan into Hall H, the convention’s biggest stage, for the very first time.
And they didn’t come empty handed.
After taking a few questions from the audience, Nolan debuted a brand new, never-before-seen trailer for “Interstellar.”
The preview began as the previous two had — with McConaughey’s Cooper making the difficult decision to leave his family behind on Earth to save all of humanity.
This trailer, however, took a few giant leaps forward.
The entire second half of the trailer the audience in Hall H saw focused squarely on the mission to the far reaches of the galaxy. Anne Hathaway makes her first appearance in the promotional material, as Cooper’s co-pilot on their journey, which takes them onto at least one alien planet.
The landscape we see the crew walk around looks entirely practical. If Nolan is using CGI, it’s minimalistic and well-executed. The locations teased include some gray dunes and a body of water.
The preview closed out with an epic cosmic shot: a small ship floating before what looked like two rays diverging in a circle, very reminiscent of something out of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Nolan explained in the panel that he hopes mankind is at the beginning of a new age of space exploration, and this film appears to be his attempt at reaching kids and exciting them about the universe. The director said that he hopes children go with their parents and that they’ll be engaged the way he was by the original “Star Wars” and “2001.”
The trailer is supposed to hit the web soon, so hopefully the rest of the world won’t have to wait too long to see this excellent preview.
“Interstellar” opens in theaters on November 7.