Christopher Nolan will return to theatres in 2023 with “Oppenheimer,” based on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an astrophysicist and the “father of the atomic bomb.”
Nolan has never made a biographies drama before, but you shouldn’t anticipate the Oscar-nominated filmmaker to take the conventional biopic route.
As with Nolan’s works, “Oppenheimer” will have unexpected elements. Reports indicate that after the $200 million-plus freak show of “Tenet,” Nolan will drastically scale back the project’s scope. What does a Nolan biopic costing $100 million look like? We are going to discover.
Below is a summary of everything known about Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.” As additional information about the biographical drama becomes available, IndieWire will continue to update this list.
Oppenheimer Movie Release Date
The film Oppenheimer will premiere (exclusively) in cinemas on July 21, 2023. To mark the beginning of the film’s one-year countdown, the Oppenheimer Twitter account posted the film’s first poster:
Oppenheimer is only one of the many fantastic films that will comprise the blockbuster film season of 2023.
Oppenheimer Movie Cast
The cast of Oppenheimer’s movie is as follows:
- Cillian Murphy being J. Robert Oppenheimer
- Robert Downey Jr. will act as Lewis Strauss
- Matt Damon, in the role of Leslie Groves
- Florence Pugh being Jean Tatlock
- Emily Blunt will act as Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheime
- Josh Hartnett being Ernest Lawrence
- Matthew Modine being Vannevar Bush
- Benny Safdie will perform as Edward Teller
- Dylan Arnold will perform as Frank Oppenheimer
- Jack Quaid in the role of Richard Feynman
Oppenheimer Movie Plot
Based on a book by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragic event of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Oppenheimer will tell the story of the renowned American physicist who played a significant role in the Manhattan venture during World War II and is commonly referred to as the father of the atomic weapon. Nolan penned the screenplay.
Nolan has been renowned for manipulating time in films such as Memento, Inception, Dunkirk, and Tenet, but nothing more is known about narrative or if he would do it in this film.
In terms of working with Cillian Murphy on Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan will also depend on some of his other go-to partners for behind-the-scenes and camera work.
In October 2021, Deadline reported that Nolan’s wife and co-producer Emma Thomas and Dark Knight trilogy director Charles Roven would collaborate on the project.
Hoyte van Hoytema, who acted as cinematographer on three of Nolan’s previous films, will again operate the camera for the filmmaker’s future endeavor.
Jennifer Lame and Ludwig Goransson, who previously collaborated with Nolan on Tenet, will return for their second collaboration with the director.
As part of the same agreement, Universal agreed to give the director 20 percent of the first-dollar income (meaning he will begin earning money as soon as the first tickets are sold), an assured 100-day cinematic run, and a three-week brownout period during which the studio cannot premiere another movie three weeks before or after Oppenheimer’s cinema release.
Oppenheimer Movie Trailer
Check the movie’s trailer below: