We know that Chris and Jonathan Nolan‘s Interstellar (Paramount, 11.5) involves an attempt to…you tell me. We know that the earth is dust-filled and polluted beyond hope and less and less capable of sustaining life, and that Matthew McConaughey is part of a team of space voyagers who want to somehow turn things around…but how? It’s a slim thread of a notion of a vague idea of something or other, and it’s been floating around for several months now. Does anyone know what Interstellar is actually about without the dandelion pollen? I’m not trying to be an asshole. I’m just feeling fed up with the vague-itude.

Update: A casual glance at Interstellar‘s IMDB cast list indicates one time-travel aspect. McConaughey’s kids in the trailer don’t stay kids. The daughter, Murph, is played by three actresses — Mackenzie Foy, Jessica Chastain and Ellen Burstyn. The apparent echo, for me, is a first-act moment in the longer director’s cut of Aliens when Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is given information about her daughter.

I respect and admire the Nolans and believe in their vision and abilities. I’m just as invested in the dream of Interstellar being a home run as much as Devin Faraci or Drew McWeeny or any Nolan-freak out there.

In addition to Chastain and Burstyn, McConaughey’s costars are Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, William Devane and John Lithgow.