"Interstellar" wowed the crowd during Paramount presentation at the Hall H Thursday, July 24 at San Diego Comic-Con. Main actor Matthew McConaughey and director Christopher Nolan surprised the attendees by showing up unannounced at the panel. They treated the audience to a breathtaking trailer for the movie.
The basic premise is a single father of two reluctantly leaving his children to be on a space mission. Details of the plotline are still kept under wraps, but McConaughey described his character as a pilot who dreams of being a pilot again and gets the chance to be a part of the greatest mission in the history of mankind.
The trailer got mostly positive review from the crowd due to the stunning space visuals shot by Nolan with large-format IMAX. "I needed the biggest canvas possible," the helmer explained."I grew up in a time when being an astronaut was the highest ambition of any child. The idea that we'd keep exploring space seemed an inevitability."
"I've always been a huge fan of science fiction," the director also said. "I'd grown up being amazed by science fiction of the past, obviously Star Wars and 2001. These are things that made an incredible impression on me. But more than that, I grew up in an era when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition of any child."
Of his first time coming to the annual convention, Nolan said, "I've heard a lot about this really being a place where people are most passionate about movies and popular culture in general, so I thought I'd come see what all the fuss is about," to much of applause from audience. "I'm not disappointed and extremely honored to be here," he added.
Paramount also brought "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Hercules" to the panel. Director Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett were on hand to promote the former, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson showed up to support the latter. "Project Almanac" and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" were among other treats as well.