Actors Killian Murphy and Jay. Robert Oppenheimer in the new film Christopher Nolan

Cillian Murphy has been cast to play J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic for Universal Pictures. Dubbed “the father of the atomic bomb,” the American physicist is the subject of “Oppenheimer,” which is Nolan’s first big studio project after parting ways with Warner Bros. Murphy previously starred for Nolan in films including “Batman Begins,” “Inception,” and Best Picture nominee “Dunkirk.” The $100-million “Oppenheimer” has meanwhile been dated for a wide theatrical release in North American theaters on Friday, July 21, 2023. Like “Dunkirk” and “The Dark Knight,” “Oppenheimer” will be shot on IMAX cameras with a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film. Production is said to begin in early 2022.

The film is written by Nolan and produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, and Nolan himself. “Oppenheimer” is adapted from the Pultizer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. While Oppenheimer played a pivotal role in the making of atomic weapons, he later felt ambivalence about their power, ultimately lobbying for international control of nuclear power and opposing the making of the hydrogen bomb.

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Nolan will reunite with past collaborators including director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema (“Tenet,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Interstellar”), editor Jennifer Lame (“Tenet”) and Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson (“Tenet”).

“Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ films have shattered the limits of what cinematic storytelling can achieve,” said Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working alongside them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and commitment to the theatrical experience.”

Since 2002’s “Insomnia” and through 2020’s “Tenet,” Nolan made all of his movies for Warner Bros. Nolan’s biggest films at Warner Bros. were his Batman films, with “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” both grossing over $1 billion worldwide for the studio.

Oppenheimer is the scientist who is considered one of the fathers of the atom bomb that he helped develop during World War II. The project is based on the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin, the latter who passed away this week.

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In a bold decisionIt’s not. Film Twitter absolutely did not see coming from miles awayThey did., Cillian Murphy has been cast as J. Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb, in Christopher Nolan’s next movie. Oppenheimer is a thriller following the scientist who whose work on the Manhattan Project led to the creation of the atomic bomb. The film follows “the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it,” per an announcement. Hmm, is that what happened? Written and directed by none other than Nolan, Oppenheimer 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. Production begins in early 2022, to be shot on a combination of IMAX 65MM and 65MM large-format film. In addition to Murphy, Nolan reunites with producer Charles Rogen, director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema (Dunkirk), editor Jennifer Lame, and Adele collaborator-composer Ludwig Göransson (both from Tenet). Oppenheimer is officially set for July 21, 2023. It’s a usual slot for Nolan, though it’s with a new studio following a bidding war.

Universal also shared a somewhat vague description of the movie, calling it an “epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.” Robert Oppenheimer was a theoretical physicist who headed up the research and development of the A-bomb. This would ultimately become known as the Manhattan Project. The weapon effectively ended World War II and changed the course of history by giving mankind the ability to kill thousands in the blink of an eye.

The iMax-shot epic thriller thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it. Universal Pictures will distribute Oppenheimer theatrically worldwide and will release the film in North American.

Written and directed by Nolan, the film will also be produced by Emma Thomas and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Nolan. The film 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 who sadly passed away this week.

The film will begin production in early 2022 and will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film for the highest image quality and reunites Nolan with some of his leading collaborators, including Roven, director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema, editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson (TenetBlack PantherCreed).

“Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ films have shattered the limits of what cinematic storytelling can achieve,” said Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman, Donna Langley. “We are thrilled to be working alongside them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and commitment to the theatrical experience.”

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