Cillian Murphy to play Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s next movie

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Christopher Nolan’s new film will arrive in the summer of 2023 it’s been confirmed, with Cillian Murphy taking on a major lead role.

Regular Christopher Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy has been cast as J. Robert Oppenheimer, sometimes called ‘the father of the atomic bomb’, in the director’s new film.

Murphy has previously worked with Nolan on Inception, Dunkirk and all three instalments of his Dark Knight trilogy. The actor, who also has another season of filming Peaky Blinders on the cards, will lead the film as Oppenheimer, a scientist who became deeply remorseful of his actions, although how much of his story the film will follow is as yet unknown. We do know that the plot will be loosely based on the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

What’s more, we also have a release date too, with July 21, 2023 being a typically high summer slot for a Nolan movie.

The director plans to work with cinematographer, Hoyte Van Hoytema, editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson, all of whom worked on Tenet with Nolan. Whether the director plans to bring any more former collaborators on board, on-screen or off-screen, remains unknown, but we wouldn’t bet against it.

As expected, Nolan will be shooting parts of the film in the IMAX format. When we hear more on this one, you can be sure we’ll let you know.


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