Following a controversial 2020 with the release of his latest film Tenet, Christopher Nolan has set his next project for Universal Pictures. As first reported by Deadline, Cillian Murphy will lead the cast of Nolan’s J. Robert Oppenheimer biopic.
Nolan will write and direct the film, title Oppenheimer. Universal Pictures will produce and distribute the feature alongside Nolan’s Syncopy production banner. Additionally, Nolan’s longtime collaborator Emma Thomas (Dunkirk) will executive produce the film along with Charles Roven (Zack Snyder’s Justice League).
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, Oppenheimer will serve as a biopic for the father of the atomic bomb. Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist. History remembers him for his role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. In August 1945, the weapons were used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Moreover, he later famously remarked, “now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Cillian Murphy has a longstanding relationship with Nolan following roles in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk. Additionally, the actor also touts memorable turns in the BBC crime drama series Peaky Blinders. Most recently, the actor starred alongside Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place Part II. Up next, Murphy will lend his voice to the upcoming animated feature Kensuke’s Kingdom, opposite Sally Hawkins.
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