Christopher Nolan’s latest film, a thriller biopic titled “Oppenheimer,” is set to release on July 21, 2023.
The movie will be derived from the biography “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” and follows the career and personal life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is infamous as the Father of the Atomic Bomb during WWII.
The film will relate the work of Oppenheimer as he worked in a well-concealed laboratory for the Manhattan Project. Despite a strong military presence and security protocols, a man working as a Soviet spy stole their plans and gave them to Russia.
Among other things, this turn of events prompted the Cold War, which deeply troubles Oppenheimer. Because of wanting to limit nuclear weapons technology, Oppenheimer was then branded as a communist sympathizer.
Filming already took place between February and May of 2022, and the budget is a colossal $100 million, which is an unusually high budget for most biopics. Per Nolan’s request, “Oppenheimer” will be released in theaters through Universal Pictures rather than through streaming.
The cast is stacked with big names in the acting industry. Cillian Murphy will be the leading actor playing the main character of J. Robert Oppenheimer himself. Emily Blunt plays Oppenheimer’s wife, Kitty. The role of the Manhattan Project’s main military director is taken by Matt Damon, and Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s chairman.
There are also many actors who will have a yet to be discovered role in the movie, such as Jack Quaid, Rami Malek, Louise Lombard and Gary Oldman.
Popularized by mind-bending films such as “Inception,” “Memento”, “Tenet” and “The Prestige,” this biopic is a departure from the typical science fiction, experimental and thriller films that he is known for. However, the thrilling, other-worldly nature of a biography centered around Soviet spies and nuclear warfare will likely complement Nolan’s artistic values and directing style.