Oppenheimer News & Updates: Everything We Know About Nolan's Next Movie

Christopher Nolan is taking a break from science-fiction with his next project, titled Oppenheimer, and here’s everything you need to know about it. Christopher Nolan has earned the respect of critics, viewers, and fellow filmmakers thanks to his unique narrative and visual style and for the themes he usually addresses in his movies, such as memory and time. Because of that, there’s always a lot of anticipation around his new projects, and Oppenheimer is no exception.

Nolan’s career began in 2000 with Memento (after directing various short films), which established the tone and themes that would make him known in the film industry, and he has since explored different genres in his works – from psychological thriller with Insomnia to superhero with his take on Batman in the Dark Knight trilogy. However, Nolan’s name is often associated with the sci-fi genre (thanks to movies like Inception, Interstellar, and Tenet), but for his newest project, he’s going into the world of biographical dramas with the help of some of his frequent collaborators.

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Titled Oppenheimer, this movie will be a first in Nolan’s career as it’s his first based on a real person, though he had already explored historical dramas with Dunkirk, but this one goes in a different direction. Of course, there’s a lot of expectation and excitement around this new project, and here’s everything you need to know about Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer was announced in September 2021 and it’s the first of Nolan’s projects to be financed by Universal Pictures and not Warner Bros. A month later, it was revealed that Oppenheimer will be shot in IMAX and 65mm film and was given a July 21, 2023 release date – though with the pandemic still going, that date could change at some point.

One of the most exciting elements of Oppenheimer is its cast, as it will bring back some of Nolan’s frequent collaborators and some fan-favorite actors as well. Oppenheimer will star Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, and he will be joined by Emily Blunt (as Katherine Oppenheimer), Robert Downey Jr. (Lewis Strauss), Matt Damon (Leslie Groves), Florence Pugh (Jean Tatlock), Benny Safdie (Edward Teller), Rami Malek, and Josh Hartnett.

Oppenheimer is a biographical drama that will tell the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist and the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory. Due to his role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons, he’s credited as one of the “fathers of the atomic bomb”. Once the war was over, Oppenheimer became chairman of the General Advisory Committee of the United States Atomic Energy Commission and lobbied for international control of nuclear power to avoid nuclear proliferation and a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, and he later opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb. The exact plot details of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer haven’t been revealed, but the story is reportedly based on Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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