Oppenheimer: Everything we know so far about the film
February 6, 2023
If you’re a moviegoer you probably know that, every few years, the legendary Christoper Nolan descends from the Mount Olympus of directors to deliver another of his must-see movies.
As a writer, director, and producer, he’s one of the most successful auteurs working in cinema, and he’s making blockbusters that match the scale of Spielberg’s or Kubrick’s classics. The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Memento: his body of work is a checkerboard of originality and adaptation.
That’s why many fans have been excited, as Nolan recently announced that he’ll be working in a completely different movie based on the biopic concerning the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. A movie that will be a change of pace for his filmography. But let’s see in a more detailed way how it goes and what to expect.
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 that currently 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.”
More about Oppenhaimer: Who was he?
In short, Oppenheimer was the most famous scientist, known for being in charge of The Manhattan Project, a Second World War initiative to develop the atomic bomb for the United States of America. Furthermore, he served as chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission where he worked to slow the developing nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.
Although during 1954, Oppenheimer was branded a communist for his affiliation with multiple groups and for that reason 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. Finally, while he received three Nobel Prize nominations in physics from 1946 to 1967, he never won one before his death in 1967.
Is There a Trailer for Oppenheimer?
Certainly, it was just a one-minute teaser trailer released exclusively in theaters ahead of Jordan Peele’s Nope. After that, the trailer was released online a week later on July 28, 2022. On the other hand, the full trailer for the film was released exclusively in theaters ahead of IMAX showings of Avatar: The Way of Water.
Therefore, a different cut of the official trailer was released online on December 18, 2022. The trailer, which is narrated by Cillian Murphy, teases a much more emotional and human film than some might have expected from a film about the creation of the nuclear bomb directed by Christopher Nolan but paired with Ludwig Göransson’s score, that’s what it feels like.
Who Plays Who in the Oppenheimer Cast?
As we know, Cillian Murphy is the right hand of Nolan (he collaborated with Nolan previously in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and most recently, Dunkirk), so, of course we’ll see him starring as J. Robert Oppenheimer himself.
For her part, Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) will be in charge of Katherine Oppenheimer’s role. You see, Katherine was an activist and scientist as well as being one of the many links between Oppenheimer and the comunist ideology.
Moreover, Matt Damon joined the cast as Lieutenant General Leslie Groves (the military director on the Manhattan Project), and he also oversaw the construction of the pentagon.
It was announced that Robert Downey Jr. 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 the late 1940. Like Oppenheimer, Strauss would go on to serve as chairman for the United States Atomic Energy Commission.
When Is Oppenheimer Set to Be Released?
Well, Universal Studios announced this movie is set to be released on July 21, 2023. Besides, Oppenheimer will be exclusively in theaters, and it’ll be available in the standard digital cinema projection as well as in IMAX, 70mm, and 35mm formats. Will you give it a chance?