After a heated bidding war that led to his next movie landing at Universal, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has not only found its star to play the titular role, but has also set a date for the public to see his next movie. Universal Pictures and Nolan’s banner Syncopy have confirmed that Cillian Murphy will star in Oppenheimer as scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was known as “the father of the atomic bomb.” The film bows on July 21, 2023, a slot usually saved for Nolan movies in the past.
Deadline has been all over this project, first being announced as Nolan’s next movie last month and also the news of Universal Pictures getting the movie rights after a heated bidding war between almost every major suitor in town. Deadline also first mentioned that Murphy would play a key role in the project, who is now confirmed to be the man at the center of the story.
The iMax-shot epic thriller pushes audiences into the heart-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world to save it. Universal Pictures will distribute Oppenheimer in theaters worldwide and release the film in North America.
Written and directed by Nolan, the film will also be produced by Emma Thomas and Charles Roven and Nolan of Atlas Entertainment. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin who sadly passed away this week.
The film will begin production in early 2022 and will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film for the highest image quality and reunites Nolan with some of his key collaborators, including Roven, director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema, editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson (basic principle, Black Panther, Beliefs).
“Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ films have pushed the boundaries of what cinematic storytelling can achieve,” said Donna Langley, president of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “We are delighted to be working with them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and dedication to the theatrical experience.”