'Interstellar' Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema Will Shoot 'Bond 24'

Normally we'd have a large measure of sympathy for anyone who had to take over a job following Roger Deakins. And since Deakins isn't shooting the new Bond film, someone has to step into his shoes. But the person to take over the job shooting Bond 24 is Hoyte van Hoytema, who did such a tremendous job with Her, and then shot Interstellar for Christopher Nolan. So things are probably going to work out just fine. There's another good detail in the Hoyte Van Hoytema Bond 24 news, which you can find below.

Van Hoytema's star really began to rise when he shot Let the Right One In, and that led to a string of films that included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which was a reunion with Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson) and The Fighter, Her, and Interstellar. The cinematographer's work has become steadily more impressive, with Her demonstrating a command of subtlety that worked perfectly for the film. When it comes to rising stars in cinematography, Van Hoytema is among the brightest.

(Fittingly, just as he's replacing Deakins to work with Sam Mendes on Bond, his gigs on both Her and Interstellar were situations in which Van Hoytema stepped in for the director's unavailable regular cinematographer.)

HitFix reports the hire, and also reports word that this Bond movie will shoot on film, rather than digital. While Skyfall shot digital, most of Van Hoytema's work (outside Her) was shot on film. We'll wait to see if this detail is confirmed, but it will no doubt make some people very happy. I'm just excited to see what Van Hoytema does with Bond's heightened action scenes.

As far as we know, Bond 24 begins in earnest on December 6, when the cast will assemble for a script read. That cast includes Daniel CraigRalph FiennesNaomie HarrisBen Whishaw and Rory Kinnear. There's still no official title for Bond 24 — expect a big press conference event later this fall to announce the name, at which time new cast members will be revealed and/or confirmed, too. The film is set for release on October 23 in the UK and November 6 in the US.