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Report : Hathaway Close to Starring in Next Nolan Film

by on April 9, 2013

By Taylor Gaines

Catwoman, meet Dallas.

According to Deadline.com, “Dark Knight Rises” star Anne Hathaway is reportedly close to signing on to act alongside “Magic Mike” star Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Interstellar.”

Deadline previously reported McConaughey would join the cast a week before McConaughey himself confirmed the fact. The site always uses vague terms such as “I’m told” and “I’ve heard” rather than citing actually sources, but it seems to be pretty accurate.

Despite this, the news should be taken with a grain of salt. I’d probably quantify the likelihood of Hathaway’s signing at about 80 percent, but you never know.

Nonetheless, Deadline is reporting Hathaway is near to a deal that will set her alongside McConaughey for the time travel epic that is advertised to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”

Hathaway and McConaughey, both trending upward after award-winning appearances in “Les Miserables” and “Magic Mike” in the last year, should provide an interesting dynamic together. As far as I can tell, the two have never co-starred in a movie.

At first glance, it seems like an odd combination, but with the directorial credibility of Nolan, I don’t doubt that they will be great together. I have a hard time believing Nolan would pick two people for his next blockbuster that he doesn’t think would go along well together.

Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman may have seemed like an odd combination at the time of “The Prestige,” and Al Pacino and Robin Williams may have seemed weird prior to “Insomnia,” but those movies turned out great.

Also, Nolan has never been big on extremely prominent female character, so I don’t expect too terribly much at this point from her anyway with so little known about the movie or its plot. For now, in Nolan we trust.

Anthony Coman, a doctoral student in film at the University of Florida, discussed the decision with Citizen Gaines in an email exchange.

“In my opinion, Anne Hathaway is under-appreciated as an actress,” he said. “In fact, she was, for me, the highlight of ‘Dark Knight Rises.’ She has a gift for stage-acting in particular, and because of that gift her film performances can often feel ‘stagey.’

“That ‘stagey-ness is, I believe, why she isn’t more appreciated as a film actress. Nolan seems to have tempered that tendency in DKR, however, so I’m expecting another terrific performance from her.”

The movie, co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, is set to begin filming this summer and be released in November 2014.

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