Explosive news: Christopher Nolan has found the star who will portray the father of the atomic bomb in his next movie, Oppenheimer, and it's got a date now, too. Cillian Murphy will play J. Robert Oppenheimer in Nolan's planned movie, which will debut July 21, 2023.
Nolan didn't have to look too far for his leading man: he directed Murphy in Batman Begins and the Dark Knight sequels as well as Inception and. Murphy recently starred in , and after shooting Oppenheimer he'll cap his TV starring role with a Peaky Blinders movie in 2023.
Shooting in 2022 on Imax cameras, the film will be based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin's Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The book and film tell the story of the American scientist who led the US Army's Manhattan Project to develop an atomic weapon during World War II.
The film is backed by Universal Pictures afterfollowing Warner's decision to release his time-twisting blockbuster Tenet on streaming service .