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Cillian Murphy plays the notorious scientist. A first brief glimpse at Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has been offered up in the form of a new teaser and you can see it below:
Oppenheimer is a biopic of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer starring Cillian Murphy. It will analyze Oppenheimer’s contribution to the atomic bomb’s development during World War II. The scientist was in charge of the Manhattan Project, a World War II-era effort to conduct research and development that ultimately resulted in the creation of the first nuclear weapons.
The film is being directed by Nolan, who is also producing with Emma Thomas. The Pulitzer Prize–winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer served as the inspiration for the movie. On July 21 of 2023, it will be shown in theaters.
The cast is outstanding, as it always is with a Christopher Nolan film. In addition to Murphy, the list includes Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Matthew Modine, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Dylan Arnold, Olli Haaskivi, Benny Safdie, Kenneth Branagh, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, and Michael Angarano.
With Emily Blunt playing Oppenheimer’s wife Kitty, Murphy plays Oppenheimer himself. The Manhattan Project’s director, Lieutenant General Leslie Richard Groves Jr., will be portrayed by Matt Damon, and Lewis Strauss, a former US Secretary of Commerce, will be portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.
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Physicist Edward Teller, now recognized as the father of the hydrogen bomb, will be portrayed by Safdie, while Florence Pugh will take on the role of Jean Tatlock, a member of the American Communist Party who had an affair with Oppenheimer. Frank Oppenheimer’s brother will be played by Dylan Arnold, and Ernest Lawrence, a pioneering nuclear scientist, will be portrayed by Harnett.
The teaser contains only a small amount of information and is primarily made up of character monologues over scenes of fire and destruction as well as brand-new images of Murphy acting in the role.
This latest announcement has a strong fire motif, as you can see in the movie’s recently published poster below:
The picture is being shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film. It is Nolan’s debut for Universal Pictures after his nine-movie tenure with Warner Bros. came to an end with the release of Tenet in 2020. It is the first motion picture to feature portions shot in analog black and white IMAX. Nolan has a passion for IMAX and has employed the technology frequently.
Analysis: Is Oppenheimer new territory for Nolan?
You might argue that Nolan was portraying genuine events in 2017’s Dunkirk, but none of his characters had ever existed, so creating a drama based on the life of a very real and important historical figure does change the dynamics for Nolan considerably.
However, a quick glance at that preview shows that it contains every recognizable Nolan trait. The chic set-ups, the frantic score, and his extraordinary capacity to raise the stakes with each successive frame.
It seems unlikely that there will be sequences of Murphy’s Oppenheimer crouched over lab tables in this personal picture. It has scale, pomp, and energy, much like everything Nolan does. Until the summer of 2019!