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Christopher Nolan’s WWII Film ‘Oppenheimer’ Has Found Its Lead Star

by Chris Haney
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Last month, blockbuster director Christopher Nolan announced his newest WWII project, and he recently revealed the new movie’s lead star.

Nolan chose Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy as the lead role in his upcoming film titled Oppenheimer. The pair have worked together before on Nolan’s trio of Batman movies, The Dark Knight trilogy. Murphy played Batman nemesis Scarecrow, but will now star as the lead in a Christopher Nolan film for the first time.

The newest Nolan movie is based on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist. Oppenheimer is considered to be one of the fathers of the atom bomb. He helped create the weapon of mass destruction during World War II, which was eventually used to end the war in Japan.

In fact, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie is based on a 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Authors Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin wrote American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which Nolan will adapt for the big screen. He’ll write and direct the project himself. In addition, his wife Emma Thomas will produce the movie along with Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment.

Further Details on Director Christopher Nolan’s New WWII Project

According to a Hollywood Reporter article, production on Oppenheimer will begin early next year. The outlet also shared that Christopher Nolan plans to shoot the movie on both Imax 65mm and 65mm large-format film.

The source also shared some of the director’s choices for behind-the-camera positions that he’s already hired. Nolan will once again work with director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema. The duo worked together on Tenet, Dunkirk, and Interstellar over the years. Nolan has hired two others he worked with on his last movie Tenet as well. Editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson will both return to their respective roles on Oppenheimer.

For the first time in years, Christopher Nolan’s new movie will not come out through Warner Bros. Instead, Universal Pictures announced they landed the famous director’s upcoming WWII project. Previously, Nolan had worked with Warner Bros. for many of his past blockbuster films, including his Batman series.

In a Friday announcement, Universal shared details about the plot of the film. The company called the project 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.”

The studio along with Christopher Nolan has confirmed a North American theatrical release date of July 21, 2023. There’s little surprise there since the director’s films have now become synonymous with summertime blockbuster releases. It’s tradition for his huge movies to come out during the summer months. He’ll once again try to capitalize on summer moviegoers making his next big-budget $100 million film a success at the box office.