LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For his first journey into a galaxy far, far away, director Christopher Nolan wanted to tether himself to something close to home.
In his daughter, he found inspiration for a lead character in “Interstellar,” Nolan’s big-budget epic space adventure rooted in intimate family drama.
“I took the decision to change Murphy into a girl, and I think I may well have done that because my oldest child is a daughter,” Nolan said of the teen who suffers when her father, played by Matthew McConaughey, leaves for a long, potentially fatal space journey.
“I wanted to have as close a relationship as possible to the emotional journey of the character.”
“Interstellar,” out in US theatres on Friday, is expected to be one of the year’s biggest films at the box office. And Nolan, who has carved out a prestigious movie career with the “Dark Knight” Batman trilogy and “Inception”, believes it takes the audience to the furthest realm of space exploration in film.