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What The Cast Of Interstellar Is Doing Today

It has been eight years since the release of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" in 2014. This sci-fi epic follows the efforts of a team searching for a suitable new home for humanity as the Earth nears a catastrophic environmental collapse. Wormholes, black holes, planetary exploration, and time-dilation comprise the heady science-fiction ideas at the heart of "Interstellar," which were inspired and overseen by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

The film was released to widespread acclaim and major box-office success, more than quadrupling its $165 million budget. BAFTA and Academy Award nominations followed, with the film winning in the visual-effect category from both prestigious organizations. The movie's popularity has not waned with time, and it routinely holds high positions in fan-determined lists like the IMDb top 250 movies of all time.

Many cast members were already huge stars at the time "Interstellar" was released. With the film finding such massive success and acclaim, the careers of the lesser-known actors on the cast have unsurprisingly continued to blossom in all of the years since. Let's check in on the cast of "Interstellar" and see what they are up to these days.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey stars in the lead role of "Interstellar" as an astronaut turned farmer who gets pulled away from his family when he is needed to pilot a dangerous mission to secure a future for humanity.

After starring in a string of failed romance and comedy movies throughout the 2000s, such as "Tip Toes," "Fool's Gold," and "Surfer Dude," Matthew McConaughey's career was not in a great place. At the start of the next decade, he sought to reinvent his image by tackling darker and more serious roles in projects like "Killer Joe," "The Lincoln Lawyer," and "Dallas Buyers Club." McConaughey found great success with this pivot, and "Interstellar" fits nicely within this stronger chapter of McConaughey's career, which has colloquially been called the McConaissance.

Unfortunately, the McConaissance couldn't last forever, and "Interstellar" turned out to be his last starring role of the 2010s to earn widespread acclaim and adulation. Whether it was a blockbuster like "The Dark Tower" or an artsier film like Gus Van Sant's "The Sea of Trees," McConaughey's subsequent films landed cold receptions. The exceptions throughout this period of time have been McConaughey's roles in animated projects, including "Sing" and "Kubo and the Two Strings."

McConaughey's latest live-action starring role in Guy Ritchie's "The Gentlemen" was considered by many to be a return to form. So far in the 2020s, McConaughey's only performances have been voice roles.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is the secondary lead alongside Matthew McConaughey. She was still hot off the heels of her Oscar-winning role in "Les Misérables" when she took on "Interstellar." Hathaway plays a NASA scientist who is instrumental in the planning and execution of the exploratory mission to find a new home for the residents of Earth.

In the years since "Interstellar," Hathaway found success with 2019's "Dark Waters" and earned a certified fresh rating from critics for "Colossal," even though general audiences weren't too keen on it. Most of the rest of Hathaway's output in recent years has been poorly received, such as the big-budget sequel "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Serenity," which saw her re-teaming with Matthew McConaughey. Her worst-received movies of the last couple of years landed Rotten Tomatoes critic scores in the low-teens, like "The Hustle," or even in the single-digits territory, like 2020's "The Last Thing He Wanted."

Anne Hathaway's latest projects include the James Gray movie "Armageddon Time," where she acts alongside the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong, and the AppleTV+ mini-series "WeCrashed," where she stars opposite Jared Leto. As reported by Deadline, Anne Hathaway wrapped shooting on "Eileen" — an adaptation of the Ottessa Moshfegh novel of the same name — earlier this year. Hathaway is also attached to upcoming projects like the "Sesame Street" movie as well as films like "Mother's Instinct" and "She Came to Me."

Jessica Chastain

After McConaughey's lead character goes off on his mission and the unfortunate effects of time-dilation affect him and his crew, a rift in ages between him and his family back home begins to form. Though she was just 10 years old when he left home, his daughter is a full-grown adult long before his mission is completed, and the adult version of this character was played by Jessica Chastain.

Chastain followed up "Interstellar" with the gangster film "A Most Violent Year" later in 2014. The next year, she co-starred in another critically acclaimed and successful blockbuster sci-fi film: Ridley Scott's "The Martian." Chastain has mostly managed to pick winners, such as taking on the titular roles in "Miss Sloane" and "Molly's Game." Only the occasional dud has sullied her win-streak in recent years, such as the poorly received "Ava" and "The Hunstman: Winter's War."

After two prior nominations, Jessica Chastain earned her first Oscar win at the most recent Academy Awards for her starring role in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." Her most recent roles include "Armageddon Time," where she co-stars with Anne Hathaway, and the TV mini-series "George & Tammy" where she and Michael Shannon play the two titular characters of musicians George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She will be acting alongside Anne Hathaway once again in the upcoming "Mothers' Instinct," which is an English-language remake of the French film "Duelles."

Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet plays McConaughey's son in the early parts of "Interstellar" before the character grows up and is played as an adult by Casey Affleck. "Interstellar" arrived early on in Chalamet's acting career and was only his third feature film role after appearing in a handful of television series and made-for-TV movies. His role in "Interstellar" helped put him on the map, and he exploded in popularity soon afterward with impressive roles in the likes of the highly acclaimed Academy Award favorites "Lady Bird" and "Call Me by Your Name", the latter of which earned Chalamet his first Oscar and BAFTA nominations.

Chalamet has remained in demand after his meteoric rise in Hollywood. Over the last few years, he has had memorable supporting roles in high-profile films like "Little Women," "The French Dispatch," and "Don't Look Up," as well as having the lead role in films like "The King" and "Beautiful Boy." Chalamet soared to even greater heights when he headlined the blockbuster sci-fi, fantasy epic "Dune." The sequel, "Dune: Part Two," is currently in the works.

Chalamet's latest film, "Bones and All," finds him re-teaming with Luca Guadagnino, who previously directed him in "Call Me by Your Name." Chalamet will also be taking on the iconic Willy Wonka character in the upcoming prequel origin story "Wonka."

Casey Affleck

Portrayed in the opening act of the movie by Timothée Chalamet, the son character is played by Casey Affleck in adulthood. As the brother of Ben Affleck, Casey's career has shared much of the same DNA, with movies like "Good Will Hunting" and "Gone Baby Gone" being particularly instrumental to the development of them both at different stages of their careers.

Casey Affleck's star power rose even higher a couple of years after "Interstellar" when he won an Oscar for his role in "Manchester by the Sea." He also played memorable roles in two David Lowery movies: "The Old Man & the Gun," and "A Ghost Story," the latter of which saw him wearing a white sheet for the majority of the film.

In 2019, Affleck wrote, directed, produced, and starred in "Light of My Life" as his second film in the director's chair after the poorly received "I'm Still Here" from nine years prior. He will be directing again with the upcoming western "Far Bright Star." Affleck's highest-profile upcoming acting role is in "Oppenheimer," the latest film by Christopher Nolan. This will be Affleck and Nolan's first collaboration since "Interstellar" eight years earlier.

Michael Caine

Cast in the role of a high-ranking member of NASA in "Interstellar" was Sir Michael Caine. Christopher Nolan has utilized the talents of Michael Caine in major roles in seven out of his last eight movies. Even in the movie where Caine can't be seen, "Dunkirk," keen-eared audience members can still hear his distinctive voice as one of the fighter pilots in a brief uncredited role.

Caine's filmography has had some hits in recent years, like "Youth" and the first "Kingsman" movie, but he has also had more duds lately than in years past. Movies like "Come Away," "King of Thieves," "Dear Dictator," and "Twist" all received abysmal receptions from critics and audiences alike. Many of Michael Caine's recent movies seem more than a bit below him when compared to his heyday. His two most recent films, "Best Sellers" and "Medieval"," received rotten negative reviews as well.

Hopefully, Michael Caine's next movie, "The Great Escaper," can help turn this streak around. Cain is also set to reprise his "Now You See Me" character for the third time after a considerable gap following "Now You See Me 2." 

Matt Damon

Matt Damon had a memorable role in "Interstellar" as Dr. Mann, an astronaut who was presumed dead after mission control lost communication with him following his arrival on a frozen planet. The exploratory team comes to his aid, but he turns out to have gone a bit stir-crazy stranded on this planet alone and winds up serving as an antagonist. Damon was already a massive star at the time "Interstellar" was made, and his appearance in this supporting role had the effect of a surprising extended cameo.

Damon's immediate follow-up to "Interstellar" was another blockbuster sci-fi movie, "The Martian," and this time he starred in the lead role. What followed this pair of successes was a string of poorly received movies, beginning with his hotly anticipated and rather disappointing return to one of his most iconic characters, "Jason Bourne." His next three roles in "The Great Wall," "Downsizing," and "Suburbicon" all received rotten scores from critics and audiences alike.

Luckily, Damon was able to turn this negative streak around when he starred in the Oscar-winning "Ford v Ferrari." His two most recent movies, "Stillwater" and "The Last Duel," were both well-received too. His next movie is Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer," in which he plays Leslie Groves Jr., the director of the Manhattan Project that led to the creation of the atomic bomb.

Topher Grace

Topher Grace played the NASA co-worker and romantic partner of Jessica Chastain's character in "Interstellar." Grace first rose to prominence as the star of "That '70s Show," which was his first-ever role. His transition from television wasn't the smoothest, but he has been a part of many successful films over the years, usually in supporting roles.

Some of Topher Grace's most prominent roles after "Interstellar" include the lukewarmly received "American Ultra" and "War Machine." The Oscar-winning "BlacKkKlansman," in which he played David Duke, the head of the KKK, is arguably the highest-profile film Grace has been a part of. Outside of "BlacKkKlansman," Grace's career has remained primarily on a similar wavelength since "Interstellar."

Grace's most recent roles were in the movie "Irresistible" directed by former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and the ABC TV series "Home Economics," which he also executive produced. "That '70s Show" is in the process of being rebooted by Netflix under the updated title "That '90s Show," and Topher Grace is set to reprise his role as Eric Foreman in the pilot episode along with the rest of the original cast.

Ellen Burstyn

By the time Matthew McConaughey's character is able to return home to his family, he has successfully helped save the fate of humanity, but his children have aged far beyond his relative years. When he finally reconnects with his daughter, she is considerably older than him and is bedridden in a hospital. The elderly version of his daughter was played by Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn.

Many of her most iconic roles go all the way back to the 1970s, but Burstyn has still given a number of memorable performances in recent years. Some highlights from her filmography post-"Interstellar" include "The Tale," "Weiner-Dog," and "Pieces of a Woman." Not all of her recent films have been successful, however, with "Lucy in the Sky," "A Little Something for Your Birthday," and "Nostalgia" being especially poorly received.

Recently, Burstyn joined the cast of the latest "Law & Order" spinoff "Organized Crime" and portrayed Sara Delano Roosevelt in the series "The First Lady." Burstyn is set to reprise one of her most iconic characters, Chris MacNeil, in David Gordon Green's reboot/sequel "The Exorcist." In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Burstyn revealed that her reason for joining the cast of this new "Exorcist" movie had an unconventional motivation. After refusing to reprise the Chris MacNeil character several times, she finally agreed to do the part in exchange for establishing/funding a scholarship program for the acting master's degree students at Pace University.

John Lithgow

John Lithgow played the role of Matthew McConaughey's father-in-law, who is left in charge of the children when McConaughey heads off on his space mission. In the years since "Interstellar," Lithgow's career has shown no signs of slowing down even as he enters his late 70s.

His roles in "Miss Sloane," "The Homesman," and "Beatriz at Dinner" all earned acclaim from critics, though they proved more divisive amongst general audience members. His most recent high-profile film was the Oscar and BAFTA-winning "Bombshell," in which he portrayed the real-life Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

The most recent stage of John Lithgow's career has shown a bit of a shift in focus toward prestige television. Lithgow earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the HBO series "Perry Mason" and took home one of the 21 Emmys earned by the Netflix series "The Crown" for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.

Lithgow's latest role was on the FX series "The Old Man" where he starred opposite Jeff Bridges. His biggest upcoming release is a role in Martin Scorsese's hotly anticipated "Killers of the Flower Moon."

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo played the principal at the school McConaughey's daughter attends. Though he wasn't yet a big-name star at the time "Interstellar" was made, Oyelowo had already been steadily building a reputation with supporting roles in movies like "Jack Reacher" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

Later on in the same year that "Interstellar" was released, 2014, David Oyelowo had his major breakout role when he starred in "Selma" as Martin Luther King Jr. "Queen of Katwe," "A United Kingdom," and the BBC mini-series adaptation of "Les Misérables" have provided Oyelowo with some of his best roles in recent years. On the other hand, his work in "Come Away," "Gringo," and "The Cloverfield Paradox" are some less-desirable roles.

In 2020, David Oyelowo made his feature film directorial debut with "The Water Man," which was well-received by critics. He also produced the film and co-starred alongside the child lead played by Lonnie Chavis. Oyelowo will be tackling another real-life figure, Sugar Ray Robinson, in the upcoming "Sweet Thunder." Oyelowo penned the screenplay and is producing. The long-belated "Rocketeer" sequel is being produced by Oyelowo as well, and he might wind up playing the titular role, though that has yet to be officially confirmed.

Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley played a supporting role in "Interstellar" as one of the NASA team members that assists the space mission. Bentley first garnered attention for his eccentric performance in "American Beauty," which was one of his first-ever film roles. Turns out 2014 was a big year for him. In addition to appearing in "Interstellar," Bentley also appeared in eight additional films, though none reached the same level of attention and acclaim as Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic.

Since 2014, Wes Bentley has slowed down a bit and has only acted in a handful of projects in the years following "Interstellar." The Disney live-action remake "Pete's Dragon" and the sixth entry in the Tom Cruise-led spy action series, "Mission Impossible — Fallout," have been Bentley's only noteworthy movies in recent years.

The majority of Wes Bentley's time as of late has been devoted to a pair of television shows. The first was "American Horror Story," which had him portray four different characters across different seasons. The second is "Yellowstone," which remains ongoing. The fifth season of "Yellowstone" is Bentley's only project currently in the works.

Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin cannot be seen in "Interstellar," but he did provide the voice of TARS, the artificially intelligent robotic companion of the NASA space crew that proves essential to the plot. In addition to lending his voice, Irwin also puppeteered the robot prop in the movie with the help of stuntman Mark Fichera.

Though he's not a household name, Bill Irwin has been in over 100 movies and television shows, usually in supporting roles. He has kept busy since the release of "Interstellar," mostly with television projects. The shows "Legion" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" have provided him with his most substantial television roles, but he also played recurring characters on the shows "This is Us," "Star Trek: Discovery," "Sleepy Hollow," "New Amsterdam," and "The Dropout." The narrative/documentary hybrid "The Andy Warhol Diaries" utilized Irwin as the voice of Andy Warhol, while Warhol was played by Brian Kelly to achieve a closer resemblance.

Bill Irwin continues to keep busy and has three upcoming film projects in the works: "Best Place in the World," "Rustin," and "Spoiler Alert."

Mackenzie Foy

Mackenzie Foy played the first version of Matthew McConaughey's daughter in "Interstellar" at age 10, before she grows up to be Jessica Chastain.

"Interstellar" arrived early on in Mackenzie Foy's career, but it was far from being her first role. She had already been in high-profile movies like "The Conjuring" and lent her voice to the English version of the animated film "Ernest and Celestine" in the titular role of Celestine. Foy's most recognizable role pre-"Interstellar" was likely as Renesmee, the half-human, half-vampire daughter of Edward and Bella in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1" and "Part 2." Her character was executed with notoriously awful CGI as a baby before growing up to an age when an actual actor could fill the role.

Foy's career post-"Interstellar" has been a bit slower, likely owing to her dividing her time between acting, modeling, and finishing high school. Her biggest role in recent years was the lead character in the blockbuster "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms," which was a massive failure both critically and commercially when it came up more than $100 million short of its budget during its opening weekend, via The Wrap. Foy's next film, the Disney+ original "Black Beauty" remake, was also poorly received by critics and general audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Still early on in her career, Foy has plenty of time to leave those flops in the past.

David Gyasi

David Gyasi played the final member of the NASA team sent on the dangerous mission to find a new home for humanity. After playing many small supporting roles throughout the 2000s, Gyasi began to find bigger and better parts in the 2010s. "Cloud Atlas" was an important career stepping stone for him where he played multiple roles in the Wachowskis' sci-fi, fantasy epic.

The first collaboration between Christoper Nolan and David Gyasi was a small part in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises." His character in "Interstellar" was quite an upgrade from that earlier unnamed part. Gyasi followed up "Interstellar" with a leading role on the CW series "Containment," which was canceled after the first season.

Alex Garland's 2018 sci-fi thriller "Annihilation" has been David Gyasi's only certified fresh movie since "Interstellar." His movies "Hell on the Border" and "Cold Blood" were both widely panned, while the 2019 sequel "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" resulted in an extreme divide between critics and audiences. He also appeared in 2020's "Come Away" with his "Interstellar" co-stars Michael Caine and David Oyelowo. His latest role was as the voice of Rook on the Audible Original audio narrative series "Impact Winter."

William Devane

William Devane plays a NASA employee who is a part of the administrative team responsible for organizing and launching the space mission. Many of Devane's best roles were back in the '70s in movies like Alfred Hitchcock's "Family Plot," "Marathon Man," and "Rolling Thunder," the latter of which is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino, who even named his short-lived distribution company after the film.

Though he was positioned as a leading man in the 1970s, William Devane's star power never really caught on with mainstream appeal and he became more of a supporting character actor over the years with many roles like his part in "Interstellar." He also had a similarly sized role in another Christopher Nolan film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

"Interstellar" wound up being Devane's last real movie with only two subsequent parts: a small, uncredited vocal role in "Truth" and a supporting role in the Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movie "Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise," which was the ninth and final movie in the long-running "Jesse Stone" series.

After playing one of the main characters on the Fox TV show "The Grinder," Devane took a break from acting in 2016. After six years of radio silence, Devane returned to acting in 2022 with a small role on the Freevee original series "Bosch: Legacy," which is a spin-off of the Amazon Prime original detective series "Bosch."

Collette Wolfe

Collette Wolfe played the small role of the teacher at Mackenzie Foy's school, who perpetuates the propaganda that the NASA space missions are all a part of an elaborate hoax. Wolfe began her acting career in the mid-2000s, primarily filling supporting roles in poorly received comedies like "The Foot Fist Way," "Observe and Report," and "Semi-Pro."

Wolfe found some success when she joined the cast of "Young Adult," which earned the certified-fresh badge from Rotten Tomatoes critics even though it didn't fare particularly well with general audiences. Aside from her role in the two "Hot Tub Time Machine" movies, Collette Wolfe's film roles since appearing in "Interstellar" have been in tiny, seldom-seen indie movies, like "A Beautiful Now" and "The Gender Card Flip."

Where Wolfe has found some mainstream success has been in the world of television. Though she hasn't landed a starring role on a major television series, she has played recurring characters on the well-liked shows "You're the Worst," "A.P. Bio," and "Good Behavior." She hasn't acted in anything in the last couple of years, with her last role being in the hard-to-find TV movie "Night School" made in 2020.