Cillian Murphy will play atomic bomb creator J Robert Oppenheimer in director Christopher Nolan’s new film.
he Irish actor – lookalike of the scientist – will play the man who is nicknamed “the father of the atomic bomb”.
Murphy has worked with the British filmmaker four times in the past, including another World War II drama, Dunkirk. Several major studios have been involved in a bidding war to release the film in recent weeks, before filming has even begun. Top US studio Universal Pictures has secured the rights to the film.
The Cork-born actor was rumored to be interested in starring in the film, but the studio confirmed he was on board this weekend.
Atomic bombs were dropped by American forces on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, killing hundreds of thousands and ending the six-year conflict. Oppenheimer was the leader of a core group involved in its development.
Cillian worked with Nolan on four different films, including his last war drama Dunkirk, which told the story of the evacuation from Dunkirk of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers in 1940.
The film was told through the perspectives of the Allies by sea, land and air. He also played villain The Scarecrow in two of Nolan’s The Dark Knight/Batman trilogy films, as well as the sci-fi thriller Inception.
Oppenheimer is set to shoot on Imax film and hit theaters in the summer of 2023. Filming is expected to begin early next year.
The film is based on the award-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
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