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Cillian Murphy Cast In Lead Role Of New Christopher Nolan Film Oppenheimer

Tom Wood

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Cillian Murphy Cast In Lead Role Of New Christopher Nolan Film Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy will take the lead role in the next film directed by Christopher Nolan, it has been reported.

Of course, Murphy and Nolan are not exactly strangers. In fact, they've worked together a whole bunch in the past, and they are now set to give it another whirl.

The film in question is a historical epic about the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is also known as the 'father of the atomic bomb'.

Based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the film has been written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherman.

Production on the film is due to get started at the beginning of next year, and there is already a slated release date of July 21 2023.

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Credit: Alamy
J. Robert Oppenheimer. Credit: Alamy

Whilst we now know that Murphy will be taking the lead role, we're not sure about who else will star alongside him in the eventual movie.

However, we can take a relatively educated guess.

After all, Christopher Nolan likes to employ the same actors in many of his films.

As well as the fact that Murphy has starred in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, as well as Inception and a small role in Dunkirk, Nolan also has a knack for hiring people like Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, and Christian Bale.

Let's not rule out at least one of them making an appearance in this flick then, shall we?

Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, and Leonardo DiCaprio on the Inception set. Credit: Alamy
Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, and Leonardo DiCaprio on the Inception set. Credit: Alamy

Oppenheimer will also see Nolan teaming up with his wife and long-standing producer Emma Thomas, and composer Ludwig Göransson, who made the music for Tenet, as well as Black Panther.

The film was the subject of a bidding war between various different production companies, as Nolan is considered as fairly hot property in the world of film.

Eventually, Universal managed to get a grip of proceedings, and they're naturally chuffed to bits to have landed the movie.

Murphy in Nolan's Batman Begins. Credit: Alamy
Murphy in Nolan's Batman Begins. Credit: Alamy

Universal Filmed Entertainment's Group Chairman Donna Langley said: "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."

Once again, we can expect to see Oppenheimer on July 21 2023, so there's a while to wait yet.

These things often tend to be well worth it, though.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Cillian Murphy, TV and Film, Celebrity, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment

Tom Wood
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