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Oppenheimer is the mind behind the world-altering creation of the nuclear bomb

In the 1940s at the height of World War II, the theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was put in charge of the Manhattan Project, resulting in the creation of a terrifying, world-changing weapon: the atomic bomb.

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Oppenheimer will be released in theatres in the UK on July 21, 2023.

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What to know

Christopher Nolan recruits a star-studded ensemble to bring the story of the atomic bomb's creation to life

Oppenheimer is an upcoming biographical drama film produced by Universal Pictures. The film is written and directed by the highly acclaimed regisseur Christohpher Nolan, who previously helmed iconic films such as Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. Nolan also produces the film alongside his wife and frequent collaborator, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. The film is based on the real life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, focusing on his years at the head of the Manhattan Project, as they developed the first nuclear weapon. The existence of nuclear weapons has fundamentally changed society and modern warfare, both acting as a deterrent and a clear path to planetary destruction.   

Oppeneheimer himself is played by Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders). Emily Blunt stars as his wife, Katherine Oppenheimer, while Florence Pugh plays Jean Tatlock, an American psychiatrist. Matt Damon plays Leslie Groves, the Lieutenant General directing the Manhattan Project. Robert Downey Jr. appears as American businessman Lewis Strauss, and Josh Hartnett takes on the role of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Ernest Lawrence. Gustaf Skarsgård features as another scientist on the team, Hans Bethe. Gary Oldman appears as the president at the time, Harry S. Truman. Kenneth Branagh and Rami Malek also feature in the film. 

Production News

7 December 2020

Warner Bros. announce they will give all their 2021 films a simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max streaming release, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Christopher Nolan, who had previously worked with Warner Bros. on most of his past films, vocally disagreed with the plan, worrying it would affect the way viewers would see his film Tenent. This disagreement led to speculation that Tenent would be his final film with Warner Bros. (Source: Entertainment Tonight

9 September 2021

Nolan is reported to be developing a film about J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Cillian Murphy is rumoured to be playing the infamous scientist. (Source: Deadline Hollywood

22 March 2022

Due to an extraordinarily secretive casting process, some actors reported agreeing to be in the film without even knowing their roles beforehand. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter

28 July 2022

The first teaser trailer for Oppenheimer is released, revealing the film will be in black and white. The film also displayed the incredible ensemble of actors who came together for the project. (Source: Screen Rant

12 December 2022

First look images reveal the existential tension that permeates the story. (Source: Screen Rant

18 December 2022

The first trailer for the movie is released, featuring voice-over narration by Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer. (Source: Deadline)

8 May 2023

A new trailer for Oppenheimer is released, showing the high stakes under which the atomic bomb was created. (Source: YouTube)

21 May 2023

Christopher Nolan says he uses black-and-white and color in the film in a similar way to his previous film Memento, to differentiate between objective and subjective. In the film, black and white is objective, and color signifies we are seeing the character's subjective experience. (Source: The Playlist)

1 June 2023

A behind-the-scenes featurette is released, giving fans an insight into the IMAX experience Christopher Nolan envisions. (Source: Collider)


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