In the new movie Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Gyasi are on an intergalactic mission to find a suitable replacement planet for a dying Earth. The mission includes two robots, CASE and TARS. In the original script, TARS was a former Marine android. The director, Christopher Nolan wanted to avoid humanoid type robots and chose a five-foot quadrilateral design.
Nolan said, “It has a very complicated design philosophy. It's based on mathematics. You've got four main blocks and they can be joined in three ways. So you have three combinations you follow. But then within that, it subdivides into a further three joints. And all the places we see lines—those can subdivide further. So you can unfold a finger, essentially, but it's all proportional.”
They look like monolithic rectangular robots (voiced by Bill Irwin) that look surprisingly real. As Gyasi explains, they look real because, well, they are real and Irwin was in control of the robot’s movements. “The idea was that the robots were designed to put humans at ease during extended periods of time,” said co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan. The sleek grey bots, which can be briefly glimpsed in the movie's trailers, are walking-and-talking rectangular slabs of shiny metal. Their blocky fragments can disconnect and rotate to perform a variety of actions, from pushing buttons to cartwheeling across alien planets.
We’ll have to wait a few more days to learn more – Interstellar hits theaters November 7th. See more on Screen Crush.
See if you can catch sight of CASE or TARS in Interstellar Trailer 4: