In another surprising casting announcement, Paramount Pictures. announced today via press release that Christopher Nolan has cast Channing Tatum in supporting role for his upcoming film Interstellar. While the details are light, the announcement names Tatum’s character as a young scientist still in grad school, and who is also a star pupil of Matthew McConaughey’s Dr. Cooper, an Astrophysics professor. The press release confirms that the two Magic Mike co-stars will be reuniting on screen, though there is no telling if their roles in Interstellar will require them to be shirtless this time around.
BURBANK, CA, – Paramount Pictures announced today that Channing Tatum has been cast as a young graduate student in Christopher Nolan’s “Insterstellar.” He will be starring alongside Matthew McConaughey, who will play the lead role of Dr. Cooper, an acclaimed Astrophysicist.
Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Channing Tatum. I believe he is a raising star in cinema, and I think he’s a perfect addition to our cast.”
Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Lynda Obst.
“Insterstellar” is slated for release on November 7, 2014. The film will be distributed domestically by Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Viacom, and internationally by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
It is also believed that Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects, Magic Mike) played a large role in both casting decisions. In the early 2000’s, he was a vocal supporter of Christopher Nolan, and was a critical part in getting Nolan the directing gig for Insomnia, which he produced. Now, Soderbergh is a vocal supporter of Channing Tatum, having cast him in 3 of his films. In a recent interview, Soderbergh revealed that he has lunch with Nolan once a year. It appears this year the topic included two shirtless studs.
The press release reveals the part as that of a student, which I personally believe to a good role for Tatum, as long as he’s not stripping to pay tuition. And I also believe Nolan is right when he mentions the young actor as being a rising star. There is no denying Channing Tatum’s increasing viability as a serious actor. He’s been garnering attention and positive reviews for his recent performances, and was recently cast in a starring role in the upcoming Wachowski’s film Jupiter Ascending. When reached for comment, Emma Thomas had the following to say:
Chris and I found Channing’s performances in “Haywire” and “Side Effects” to be captivating and noteworthy. And while I cannot speak for Chris on this, his performance in “Magic Mike” was quite eye-catching.
Interstellar will be travel into IMAX and regular theaters November 7, 2014. What do you think of this casting announcement? Be sure to comment and look at the date!