Christopher Nolan reveals the black hole science behind space epic ‘Interstellar’ – watch

Space exploration epic starring Matthew McConaughey is released in cinemas November 7

Christopher Nolan has revealed the black hole science which inspired his forthcoming space epic Interstellar in a behind the scenes video released online.

The Dark Knight Trilogy director talks about the “rule set” for his film defined by leading theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. In the video Thorne explained his work with Nolan and how his wormhole theory forms part of the story in the film: “I worked out the equations that would enable the tracing of light rays as they travelled through a worm hole or around a black hole so what you see (in the film) is based round Einstein’s general relativity equations.”

Thorne added: “As a physicist I think of all of these things… Warped space, warped time, black holes, worm holes – it’s all linked together.”

In the latest trailer for the film McConaughey’s pilot Coop warns: “This world’s a treasure but it’s been telling us to leave for a while now…” He is called into action when scientists discover a wormhole (which theoretically can connect widely-separated regions of space-time). It gives his team an opportunity to transcend the limits of human space travel.

With humanity’s time on Earth coming to an end Michael Caine’s character predicts Coop’s daughter’s generation will be the last to survive on Earth. So buckling up for his interstellar mission beyond our solar system to “save the world” Coop leads a team of explorers undertaking the most important mission in human history. The film’s synopsis has revealed they must “travel beyond this galaxy to dicover whether mankind has a future among the stars”. The trailer showed the explorers facing terrifying tidal waves as they learn they haven’t gone far enough.

Interstellar also features Anne Hathway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher), John Lithgow (Dexter) and Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream).

Watch the behind the scenes featurette and the latest trailer below.