First-look image revealed for Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer as Kenneth Branagh joins cast

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A first-look image from Oppenheimer has been revealed, showing Cillian Murphy in the title role – Kenneth Branagh joins the cast.

Universal Pictures has treated us to even more information on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Oppenheimer. After various casting announcements, we now have a first-look image of Cillian Murphy in the title role of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The titular character was a real-life theoretical physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project that led to the invention of the atomic bomb. Nolan’s movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. Deadline also reports that Kenneth Branagh has joined what is already an impressive ensemble cast.

Take a look at the first image of Cillian Murphy in the lead role –

Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer

Production is currently underway, with filming taking place in New Mexico, California, and New Jersey. Nolan is directing from his own script. The Tenet director has often emphasised the importance of enjoying films on the big screen, and this time is no different. Oppenheimer is shot in a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film photography, and will debut on IMAX as well as on all other screens.

Murphy’s starring role in the film marks his sixth collaboration with Nolan, after Dunkirk, Inception, and the Dark Knight trilogy. It is, however, the first time he’s been in the starring role in one of his projects. You can’t tell much from a picture, but we can at least say that he looks well-suited to the role.

In the supporting cast are Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, and Rami Malek. That’s not all, there’s also Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Dylan Arnold, David Krumholtz, Alden Ehrenreich, and Michael Angarano. That’s a long list of impressive and talented names.

Belfast filmmaker Kenneth Branagh has also just been announced to be joining Oppenheimer. He’s previously put in quite a memorable performance as antagonist Andrei Sator in Tenet, and directed and starred in the recently released Agatha Christie adaptation Death On The Nile. 

Oppenheimer will be released in UK cinemas on 21st July 2023.

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