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Christopher Nolan's Cinematographer Lands First Directing Gig

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  Cinematographer Wally Pfister, winner of the award for Best Cinematography for 'Inception', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wally Pfister

Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's go-to cinematographer, is about to helm his own film. He'll make his directorial debut with a screenplay by newbie Jack Paglen, the plot of which is secretive so far. Pfister worked on Moneyball and seven Nolan films, including The Dark Knight Rises and an Oscar win for Inception's cinematography. As if Pfister's pedigree needing any further vetting, Deadline adds, "Pfister has directed commercials for several years and gained notice for his powerful work on PSAs for The Montana Meth Project, alongside directors Darren Aronofsky, Tony Kaye, and Alejandro Inarritu." Here are the keys to the director's chair, dude.

Photo: Jason Merritt/2011 Getty Images