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New 'Interstellar' trailer offers glimpses of Christopher Nolan's grand vision

Poster image from Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic 'Interstellar'
Poster image from Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic 'Interstellar'
Still image from 'Interstellar'

The second trailer for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar", which debuted at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con was posted on The Hollywood Reporter on July 30, 2014. To say it wows the eyes is an understatement. But it also hints that this film might be a more emotional film than is often associated with the director's tastes.

Visually the film takes some cues from Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", but goes one step further by exploring alien landscapes. Matthew McConaughey stars in the picture, and judging by the clips, he continues his journey as an actor of great emotional range.

The trailer begins with McConaughey's character pondering on the state of our planet: "we used to look up and wonder about our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt." As was hinted in the earlier trailer, Earth is in bad shape, becoming unstable from environmental collapse. Michael Caine's professorial character offers no solace: "We must confront the reality that nothing in our solar system can help us."

McConaughey accepts the mission to find a new home for humanity, but is clearly concerned with being away from his family "I've got kids professor. How long?" To which Caine's character simply replies; "I'm asking you to trust me."

It's clear it's his fear of perishing from either the danger of his mission, or simply not making it back before his children are old and gone that is at the crux of the plot. There are many shots of his eyes welling with tears.

And there's also no shortage of incredible visual spectacle to gaze at, with McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, and David Oyelolo taking off for new worlds, passing galactic vistas and investigating harsh alien terrain.

There are also shots of Jessica Chastain, Topher Grace and Casey Affleck, who are holding down the fort on Earth. As always, Nolan keeps the biggest elements of his film's close to the vest, which is so refreshing in an era where trailers just give too much away. But this new look will certainly whet the appetites of those waiting for the full product.

So check out the trailer for yourself, and chime in with your thoughts on it below. "Interstellar" will be released in theaters on November, 7, 2014.