With the casting of Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar, we remarked how the director was stepping outside his usual comfort zone of reteaming with frequent collaborators, but it seems we spoke to soon. News has landed that one of his actresses in The Dark Knight Rises, and easily one of the best elements in that blockbuster, is getting back into business with the helmer for his next film.

Anne Hathaway is closing a deal to join the the project, according to Deadline. As usual, there is no details on her role, but this will mark her first production after an Oscar win for Les Misérables. Hathaway was also previously set to star in Robopocalypse, which she would have been filming now if the project hadn’t been halted, but instead she will lead this former Steven Spielberg sci-fi film.

Nolan also recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly regarding some major science-fiction film influences for all directors approaching the genre. “I think anytime you look at science fiction in movies, there are key touchstones. Metropolis. Blade Runner. 2001,” he says. Zeroing in on Stanley Kubrick‘s classic, he adds, “Whenever you’re talking about getting off the planet, 2001 is somewhat unavoidable. But there is only one 2001. So you don’t want to get too near to that.”

The story of Nolan’s next film “depicts a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest borders of our scientific understanding.” It is described as a “complex and multi-layered” sci-fi picture that follows “explorers [who] travel through a wormhole,” with conceits such as alternate dimensions and time travel working their way in. His brother Jonathan Nolan delivered the original script, based on theories developed by Caltech physicist Kip Thorne, then the Inception director then took his brother’s draft and merged his own ideas into it.

Interstellar begins production this summer and then hits regular theaters and IMAX on November 7th, 2014.

Are you looking forward to seeing Hathaway and Nolan back together?

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