The official trailer for Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has arrived online after debuting exclusively in theaters last weekend, coupled with screenings of Jordan Peele’s “Nope.” Universal Pictures uploaded the brief teaser to platforms including YouTube and Twitter, but the clip is only playing on a continuous live stream loop for now.
“Oppenheimer” stars longtime Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy as theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project and “father of the atomic bomb.”
Nolan has assembled an all-star cast for “Oppenheimer.” Joining Murphy are Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, Michael Angarano and Kenneth Branagh.
“The world is changing, reforming itself. It’s your time,” says Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine, at the start of the teaser. A countdown appears on the screen: “11 months, 24 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes”. Nolan loves a ticking structure, and it looks like he’s adopting one again as the film counts down to the day “the world changes forever,” as the film’s tagline reads on the poster and in the teaser.
The character of Robert Downey Jr is heard when the title appears on screen. He says, referring to Oppenheimer, “The man who stirred the earth.” Images of fire and smoke are intercut with black and white shots of Murphy as Oppenheimer.
“Oppenheimer” finds Murphy in the lead role in a Nolan-directed film for the first time after supporting “Batman Begins,” “Inception,” “Dunkirk” and more. The actor skipped the minute details of the science of the atomic bomb while preparing to play Oppenheimer.
“[I prepped by doing] loads of reading,” Murphy said earlier this year. “I am interested in the man and in what [inventing the atomic bomb] made to the individual. The mechanics aren’t really for me – I don’t have the intellectual capacity to understand them, but these contradictory characters are fascinating.
Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema also joins Nolan for “Oppenheimer,” which won acclaim for shooting the director’s “Interstellar,” “Dunkirk,” and “Tenet.” Hoytema is currently acclaimed for his work on Peele’s “Nope.” “Tenet” editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson are also back for Nolan’s new film.
Notably, “Oppenheimer” marks Nolan’s directorial debut at Universal Pictures. The director previously called Warner Bros. his exclusive home for over a decade. Nolan has partnered on every film with Warner Bros. since 2002’s “Insomnia,” including his billion-dollar Batman trilogy. Nolan and Warner Bros. reportedly argued over the wobbly pandemic release of “Tenet.”
“Oppenheimer” hits theaters on July 21, 2023.