Nolan will make his first biopic with the story of the man who made the atomic bomb.
Physicist J Robert Oppenheimer works with a team of scientists during the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the atomic bomb.
Release date: July 21, 2023 (USA)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Budget: 100 million USD
Casting director: John Papsidera
Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema
Costume design: Ellen Mirojnick
Does Oppenheimer Have a Release Date?
Swiftly after Universal Studios announced its deal as the new distributor for the director’s films, they announced his new movie is set to be released on July 21, 2023. Oppenheimer will be Christopher Nolan’s first R-rated film in 20 years. His last R-rating was for his 2002 film, Insomnia.
What Is Oppenheimer About?
Oppenheimer is an adaptation of the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book is being adapted into a movie described as, “An IMAX-shot epic thriller that thrusts the audience into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”
Oppenheimer was a scientist most famous for leading The Manhattan Project—the team that developed the atomic bomb for the United States of America in World War II. He later served as chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission where he worked to slow the developing nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.
In 1954, Oppenheimer was branded a communist for his affiliation with multiple groups. He was relieved of service from the federal government and would continue his contributions to science as a teacher and groundbreaking theoretical physicist during his exile. He received three Nobel Prize nominations in physics from 1946 to 1967, though he never won one before his death in 1967.
Who is the Creative Team Behind Oppenheimer?
As previously mentioned, Christopher Nolan directed the film and wrote the screenplay. The acclaimed filmmaker also re-teamed with some of his previous collaborators. Academy Award Winner Ludwig Göransson who worked on the score for Tenet will compose Oppenheimer‘s score. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema who was the cinematographer for Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Tenet serves as the film’s DP. Another returnee from Nolan’s Tenet team is editor Jennifer Lame who has also worked on films such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Manchester by the Sea, and Marriage Story. Ruth De Jong (Twin Peaks) serves as the film’s production designer while Emmy Winner Ellen Mirojnick (Bridgerton) designed the costumes. Academy Award Winner Scott R. Fischer (Top Gun: Maverick) and Laurie Pellard (Avengers: Infinity War) are behind the film’s visual effects.
Nolan’s wife Emma Thomas is producing the film alongside her husband as well as Charles Roven who previously worked with Nolan on The Dark Knight Trilogy.
When and Where Did Oppenheimer Film?
Pre-production on Oppenheimer began in January 2022 in New Mexico, and filming kicked off a month later. Filming wrapped the following May.
Who Stars in Oppenheimer?
Frequent Christopher Nolan accomplice Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) is set to star as J. Robert Oppenheimer himself. Cillian collaborated with Nolan previously in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and most recently, Dunkirk.
Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) reteams with Murphy, her co-star from A Quiet Place II, as Katherine Oppenheimer. Katherine was an activist and scientist, and one of many links between Oppenheimer and the communist ideology.
Academy Award Winner Matt Damon (The Martian) joined the cast as Lieutenant General Leslie Groves. Groves was the military director on the Manhattan Project, and he also oversaw the construction of the pentagon.
It was announced that Academy Award Nominee Robert Downey Jr.(Iron Man) joined the film as Lewis Strauss. Strauss and Oppenheimer found themselves on opposing sides of the debate about the development of the hydrogen bomb in late 1940. Like Oppenheimer, Strauss would go on to serve as chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission.
Academy Award Nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow) is set to star as Jean Tatlock. Tatlock was one of several points of connection between Oppenheimer and communism, and the two were locked in an affair that would spark off and on for years.
It was also announced that Academy Award winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) would play a scientist, and director and actor Benny Safdie (Goodtime) would play Edward Teller—a Hungarian physicist who helped create the first hydrogen bomb.
Oppenheimer also has a massive ensemble which includes Academy Award Nominee Tom Conti (The Dark Knight Rises) as Albert Einstein, Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful) as Ernest Lawrence, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Matthew Modine (Stranger Things) as Vannevar Bush, Dylan Arnold (Halloween) as Frank Oppenheimer, Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), as Richard Feynman, David Krumholtz (The Santa Clauses) as Isidor Isaac Rabi, Michael Angarano (Sky High) as Robert Serber, Academy Award Winner Kenneth Branagh (Death on the Nile), David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad), Jason Clarke (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), Josh Peck (Drake & Josh), as Kenneth Bainbridge, Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) as Seth Neddermeyer, Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Tony Goldwyn (King Richard), Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) as Harry S. Truman, Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Scott Grimes (The Orville), Josh Zuckerman (The Offer), James D’Arcy (Dunkirk), Matthias Schweighöfer (Army of the Dead), Christopher Denham (The Gilded Age) as Klaus Fuchs, David Rysdahl (No Exit), Guy Burnet (Pitch Perfect 3) as Guy Eltenton, Danny Deferrari (Shiva Baby) as Enrico Fermi, Louise Lombard (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Harrison Gilbertson (Need for Speed), Emma Dumont (Licorice Pizza) as Jackie Oppenheimer, Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings) as Hans Bethe, Trond Fausa (Lilyhammer), Olli Haaskivi (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), and Olivia Thirlby (Juno).