Kenneth Branagh has joined the star-studded cast of Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Oppenheimer, as production kicks off.
Universal Pictures officials released a first photo of Cillian Murphy as theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” on Tuesday to mark the start of principal photography.
In their announcement, they also revealed that Branagh, who is currently nominated for three Oscars for his film Belfast, has joined the cast in an unspecified role. This continues his streak of appearances in Nolan films after Dunkirk in 2017 and Tenet in 2020.
He joins a cast that already includes Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, biologist and botanist Katherine, Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves Jr., Director of the Manhattan Project, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, founding commissioner of the US Atomic Energy Commission. , and Florence Pugh as psychiatrist Jean Tatlock, with whom Oppenheimer had a passionate romance.
Rounding out the star-studded cast are Rami Malek, Dane DeHaan, Josh Hartnett, Jack Quaid, Dylan Arnold, David Krumholtz, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Modine, Benny Safdie and Michael Angarano.
The production, which has a budget of $100m (£73m), will be set in the US states of New Mexico, California and New Jersey, and for the first time, sections will be shot in black and white analogue IMAX.
Oppenheimer was written by Nolan based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. He is producing the film alongside his wife Emma Thomas and Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment.
The epic is set to release on July 21, 2023.