Is “Interstellar” the film version of Queen’s “’39?”

From the Interstellar Trailer

Note: this post doesn’t contain any overt spoilers (there are none to give at this point), but we are going to be delving into a little speculation, so read at your own risk.  


UPDATE 11/8/2014!

Well, the movie has officially been released (check out our spoiler-free review here)!

UPDATE 11/16/2014!

I decided to write a more detailed analysis of the film and song, which you can find here. Warning–it’s filled with major spoilers!


Details are pretty scarce about Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi drama Interstellar, but thankfully we previews and the Internet to whip up some good old fashioned plot speculation.  Before we began, let’s go ahead and take a gander at the awesome trailer for Interstellar that debuted a few months ago:

Oh man, that looks sweet.  Let’s not waste any time though, and jump right into a little conjectural analysis.  Here’s what the trailer shows us:

  • The main character’s name is Cooper; he’s played by Matthew McConaughey, is an engineer, and possibly a single father.
  • It’s set in the future, and Earth’s resources have been depleted, making it a dying planet.
  • McConaughey has been asked by a character played by Michael Caine to go into interstellar space, perhaps to find another planet for humans to survive on.
  • There’s a big emphasis on his character leaving and possibly not coming back

Time to dig a bit deeper.  Here’s what we know about Jessica Chastain’s role in Interstellar: she will play the adult version of Cooper’s daughter.
What does this tell us?  Well, the film will obviously be set over the course of several years, and there will be at least two focal points in time.  The trailer also suggests that the film will be set on Earth and in space.  It’s unknown as to how much screentime is dedicated to each environment.  We also know that Matt Damon has been cast for a small role that was filmed in Iceland.  The Earth scenes from the trailer were filmed in Alberta, Canada.

Interstellar Theories: Oh, Why Not.

I’m not a big fan of spoilers myself, so I have purposefully prevented myself my digging any deeper (so I’m not sure if there’s any more detail to provide).  But that doesn’t stop the theory-train in my mind from chugging along!  You ready for this?  Alright, here we go:

From what I’ve gathered from the Interstellar trailer and the fact that the film features two different actresses portraying Cooper’s daughter: the plot is going to be similar to Queen’s song ’39, from A Night at the Opera.

For those of you unfamiliar with this awesome song, here’s a lyric video:



’39 tells the story about a group of explorers who travel into deep space.  They return to Earth after a year, only to discover that 100 years have passed (thanks to theoretical time dilation) and all their loved ones have died.

Now here’s the plot summary for Interstellar, courtesy of Wikipedia:

When a wormhole (which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of spacetime) is discovered, explorers and scientists unite to embark on a voyage through it, transcending the limits of human space travel.

Eh?  Eh?!  What you think about that?!

Okay, I’m probably totally wrong about this–if Nolan plans on implementing Einstein’s theory of special relativity, then chances are that Cooper’s daughter won’t be alive for his eventual return, thus not giving the film enough time considering the age difference between the two actresses playing Cooper’s daughter.  It’s also doubtful that the explorer’s mission will take less than a year.

But consider this–what if the space mission is a failure, and the explorers come back only after a few days?  Suddenly the daughter’s age difference makes more sense, given my theory is correct.

Again, I know nothing, and I’m probably just being foolish at this point.  Can’t help it–just so excited about Interstellar!  And hey, if nothing else, at least you got to listen to a great song.

Interstellar is set for release on November 7, 2014.


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