Director Christopher Nolan emerges from Mount Olympus every few years with a new masterpiece. This summer, Nolan is all set to return to the theater with his new movie Oppenheimer, a biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer. This $100 million movie, marketed as an epic thriller about “the man who changed the world,” is undoubtedly more adult-oriented than much of the summer blockbuster entertainment.
The film follows the contributions of its title character to the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb. The stories of Nolan’s movies are typically veiled in secret, but we know plenty about the movie since Oppenheimer is his first biopic. So, here is everything we currently know about Oppenheimer.
Does Oppenheimer Have a Release Date?
Oppenheimer will be released in theaters globally on July 21, 2023. Universal Pictures is financing and releasing the film following Nolan’s disagreement with Warner Bros. over the day-and-date release strategy for its 2021 movie slate on HBO Max.
Who Stars in Oppenheimer?
The film will star Cillian Murphy, a frequent collaborator of Christopher Nolan, as J. Robert Oppenheimer.
- Emily Blunt reunites with Murphy as Katherine Oppenheimer
- Academy Award Winner Matt Damon plays a significant role as Lt. General Leslie Groves
- Robert Downey Jr. will also join the movie as Lewis Strauss
- Other returning collaborators include James D’Arcy, Sir Kenneth Branagh, David Dastmalchian, Matthew Modine, and Casey Affleck. Gary Oldman will play a cameo role as US President Harry S. Truman.
What is the Actual True Story Behind Oppenheimer?
Oppenheimer is based on the American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, authored by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird.
As the father of the atomic era, Julius Robert Oppenheimer permanently inscribed his name in the annals of history. He became well-known for his contributions to theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, making him one of the most influential intellectuals of his time. However, Oppenheimer’s contribution to the Manhattan Project had a lasting impact.
Before the war, he made significant discoveries in theoretical physics, especially in quantum mechanics and the study of subatomic particles.
Despite his amazing scientific achievements, Oppenheimer’s career was tarnished by controversy. Following WWII, he became the center of suspicion and examination during the McCarthy era due to his communist political leanings and former ties. He was accused of treason, and revoked his security clearance, severely affecting his professional life.
Plot of Oppenheimer
The enormous events of World War II irrevocably changed the universe. Its essence has been captured in countless movies, from suspenseful thrillers to emotional dramas and poignant love stories. Filmmakers have bravely explored themes of terrifying truths. However, J. Robert Oppenheimer, a mysterious figure, has gone unexplored up to this point.
But in his upcoming movie Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan is prepared to recount Oppenheimer’s story and explain the mystery surrounding the Manhattan Project. The story follows the disastrous effects of creating an atomic weapon, with Cillian Murphy playing the theoretical scientist in the principal part.