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Oppenheimer: Actor Cillian Murphy To Star as J Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s Upcoming Film

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Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor who starred in the crime drama Peaky Blinders, will play the role of scientist J Robert Oppenheimer in director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming historical film Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer marks the fourth collaboration between the Tenet director and Cillian Murphy. They previously worked together on the Batman Trilogy, Dunkirk, and Inception.


According to a report in Variety, the movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin. The film is about the life of the famous scientist – dubbed as the father of the atomic bomb –  and his involvement in the Manhattan Project.

The upcoming project has been written by Nolan, who will produce it with Emma Thomas and Charles Rovan of Atlas Entertainment. The production for the film will begin in early 2022 and it is scheduled to release in North America on July 21, 2023.

Like Nolan’s other films, Oppenheimer will also be shot with IMAX cameras. It will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.

Earlier, it was announced that Universal Pictures acquired the rights to the film in a competitive bidding war. “Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ films have shattered the limits of what cinematic storytelling can achieve. We are thrilled to be working alongside them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and commitment to the theatrical experience,” said Donna Langley, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman.


Nolan will once again team up with Hoyte Van Hoytema who was the cinematographer for films like Interstellar, Tenet, and Dunkirk. Jennifer Lane, who was the editor for Tenet, and music composer Ludwig Göransson are also a part of the upcoming movie.

Meanwhile, Cillian Murphy is currently filming for Season 6 Peaky Blinders. He was last seen in the horror film A Quiet Place Part 2 alongside Emily Blunt.