Get ready for the epic new film from director Christopher Nolan.


The Tenet director is back with a historical drama that will be the biopic of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the creation of the atomic bomb.

The film will feature Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy in the role of Oppenheimer and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

Speaking to The Guardian about working on his sixth film with Nolan, Murphy commented: “I’ll always turn up for Chris, whatever the size of the part.

“Chris will call me up and I’m there. Isn’t it wonderful that filmmakers are still making challenging, demanding films within the studio system, shot on film rather than IMAX? I think he’s flying the flag.

“Him, Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are fantastic filmmakers making interesting work on a massive scale.”

Nolan’s new film will be his first since Memento that will not be distributed and financed by Warner Bros.

Christopher Nolan directed Tenet
Christopher Nolan will direct the film Oppenheimer, due out next year Tony Barson/FilmMagic

The new film, which sees him partner with Universal Pictures, will reportedly (via The Hollywood Reporter) see Nolan enjoy total creative control, a whopping production budget of close to $100 million with an equally large spend available for marketing, 20 per cent of the first-dollar gross for Nolan, and a 100-day exclusive theatrical window before it will be available to stream.

There will also reportedly be a blackout period of three weeks on either side of the film’s release where the studio doesn’t release any other titles.

So, with all of this in mind, here is everything you need to know about Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer release date

Oppenheimer will be released in cinemas on the 21st July 2023.

The film will be released three years after Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Tenet, which was released in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Oppenheimer is being shot in IMAX and on 65mm film.

Oppenheimer cast

The following actors have been cast in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

  • Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Emily Blunt as Katherine "Kitty" Oppenheimer
  • Robert Downey Jr as Lewis Strauss
  • Matt Damon as Leslie Groves
  • Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock
  • Rami Malek as TBC
  • Benny Safdie as Edward Teller
  • Dane DeHaan as TBC
  • Jack Quaid as TBC
  • Olli Haaskivi as TBC
  • Matthew Modine as TBC
  • Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence
  • Dylan Arnold as Frank Oppenheimer
  • Alden Ehrenreich as TBC
  • David Krumholtz as TBC
  • Michael Angarano as Robert Serber
  • Sir Kenneth Branagh as TBC

Cillian Murphy stars in the lead role of scientist J Robert Oppenheimer, marking what will be his sixth film with Nolan directing.

Meanwhile, Emily Blunt makes her Nolan filmography debut as Katherine, the biologist and botanist wife of Oppenheimer.

Emily Blunt attends the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards at The Grill & The Pool Restaurants on November 10, 2021 in New York City.
Emily Blunt will star in the film as Katherine Oppenheimer (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) ean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Elsewhere, Robert Downey Jr will portray American businessman and philanthropist Lewis Strauss, while Matt Damon plays Leslie Groves - a US Army officer who oversaw the Manhattan Project.

Florence Pugh has been cast in the role of Oppenheimer’s long-time girlfriend, psychiatrist and physician Jean Tatlock, while Rami Malek has been cast in the role of a scientist and Benny Safdie will play theoretical physicist Edward Teller.

You star Dylan Arnold will portray Oppenheimer’s younger brother Frank in the film, while Josh Hartnett will portray the nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence and Michael Angarano shall portray physicist Robert Serber.

Additionally, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Olli Haaskivi, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich and David Krumholtz have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

Finally, Sir Kenneth Branagh has also been cast in an undisclosed role, reuniting the actor-director with Nolan after working together on both Dunkirk and Tenet.

Is there a trailer for Oppenheimer?

There is currently no trailer for Christopher Nolan’s film Oppenheimer.

No footage has currently been seen but we shall be sure to share it once the trailer or any footage is released.

Be sure to check back here for updates.

Oppenheimer will be released in cinemas on the 21st July 2023. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide.


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