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The upcoming sci-fi film “Interstellar” emphasizes sci over fi

The science of Interstellar

When it comes to science fiction movies, fans of real science typically have to make a conscious choice to put their rational minds on hold if they want to enjoy the flick. In the case of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar though, you may not have to make that decision.

A new featurette from the studio shows that the science behind the upcoming sci-fi movie Interstellar is based on real, theoretical physics. There is still a focus on entertainment first, naturally, but there is an emphasis on keeping things grounded in reality. In order to bring that realistic feel to the movie, the filmmakers brought in award winning theoretical physicist Dr. Kip Thorne to act as a consultant and executive producer.

Nolan and the rest of the crew went into the film willing to bend the science of the story they wanted to tell in order to satisfy and audience, but based on the featurette it sounds like they didn’t have to cut too many corners.

Interstellar revolves around the discovery of a wormhole, which in theory – real theory, not just movie theory – can connect two separate regions of space. This is all unproven, of course, but there is a basis in scientific fact for it. That’s where Thorne comes in. From the story to the visuals, the film steeps itself in reality. But don’t take our word for it, watch the trailer below.

Nolan’s Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. It hits theaters on November 5, 2014.



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