Christopher Nolan has crafted some of the biggest sci-fi movies of the last decade, with the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. This fall, he returns with the hotly anticipated Interstellar, an apocalypse-style movie that promises ice planets, space travel and a cast that's a who's who of Oscar winners.

Released Wednesday, the trailer shows a very human, very emotional journey through the cosmos. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway helm a team of astronauts sent by Michael Caine's character to find another inhabitable planet. McConaughey leaves behind his wife, played by Jessica Chastain, and a daughter, and is forced to battle with the feelings of leaving his beloved clan on a dying Earth as he explores the universe.

The trailer focuses more on tableaus and iconic images than it does the plot — there's Chastain with a burning flare in a field, there's Caine reciting a verse of Dylan Thomas, there's a solar flare as a planet surfaces drifting past the ship. But even through these snapshots, Interstellar already looks like another of the character-driven, bleak, morally complex movies that Nolan does so very damn well.

The movie, also featuring Ellen Burstyn, Casey Affleck and Matt Damon, takes off Nov. 7.