Matthew McConaughey Boards Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

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It looks like Matthew McConaughey has officially re-entered the world of big-budget studio pics.

The "Magic Mike" star, who has experienced quite the impressive career resurgence in the past couple of years, is back in full-throttle movie star mode as he's been cast in the lead role of "Interstellar," director Christopher Nolan's first official post-"The Dark Knight Rises" project.

Not surprisingly, "Interstellar" is shrouded in secrecy, though not quite as much as Nolan's "Inception" was, once upon a time. We do know that Nolan is developing the screenplay with his frequent writing partner (and around-the-clock sibling) Jonathan Nolan, which is based on physicist Kip Thorne's theories of time travel. The film was originally set to be directed by Steven Spielberg, who is currently looking to lock down his own new project now that "Robopocalypse" has been delayed indefinitely.

Matthew McConaughey first caught the public eye with his role as high school girl admirer David Wooderson in Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" (1993) and as a haunted lawman in John Sayles' "Lone Star" (1996). Hollywood tried to make him the Next Big Thing with high-profile roles in "A Time to Kill" (1996), "Contact" (1997) and "Amistad" (1997), though he soon seemed doomed to wallow in cute but instantly forgettable rom-coms like "The Wedding Planner" (2001), "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003) and "Failure to Launch" (2006) as would-be studio tentpoles like "Reign of Fire" (2002) and "Sahara" (2005) didn't quite hit the mark.

However, McConaughey came back big time in 2011 with the title role in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and as an opportunistic Texas D.A. in Richard Linklater's "Bernie." Last year, he made big impressions with roles in William Friedkin's gleefully over-the-top "Killer Joe," Lee Daniels' sweaty-silly "The Paperboy" and especially Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," a performance that earned him an Independent Spirit Award.

McConaughey will next be seen in "Mud," Jeff Nichols' follow-up to "Take Shelter," opening April 26. "Dallas Buyers Club," the film for which he lost an astonishing amount of weight in order to play an AIDS patient, is currently in post production, and Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is set to hit theaters on November 15.

"Interstellar" is set for release in November 2014 in order to hopefully score a lot of Oscar nominations.

See Matthew McConaughey in the theatrical trailer for 'Mud':