Jessica Chastain eyes role in Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi film ‘Interstellar’

It's Nolan's first project as director since 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Jessica Chastain is set to join the cast of Interstellar, the upcoming sci-fi film from Christopher Nolan.

According to Deadline, the Zero Dark Thirty actress is “in talks” to play the film’s third lead opposite Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, who both signed on last month (April).

Interstellar is Christopher Nolan‘s first project as director since last year’s The Dark Knight Rises, the concluding part of his Batman trilogy. The film’s script has been written by his brother Jonathan Nolan, who also contributed to two of the Batman screenplays and the director’s 2006 thriller The Prestige.

Plot details are being kept under wraps but Interstellar is said to involve time travel and alternate dimensions as it follows a group of explorers going through a “wormhole”. Its ambitious-sounding premise is apparently based on scientific theories developed by a leading American theoretical physicist called Kip Thorne.

At the moment, it’s not known when Christopher Nolan plans to start shooting Interstellar, but the film has already been given a release date of November 7, 2014.