New film by Christopher Nolan opens in 2023 and Cillian Murphy is confirmed as the protagonist

Entitled “Oppenheimer”, the film will focus on the so-called “father of the atomic bomb”.


Soon after finding a new home at Universal Pictures, Christopher Nolan’s next project is already taking shape. Entitled “Oppenheimer”, the film will be starring Cillian Murphy, who will play the title character, J. Robert Oppenheimer, considered the “father of the atomic bomb” (via IndieWire ). Murphy is a frequent contributor to the director, supporting works such as “Batman Begins”“The Origin”, and “Dunkirk”, but this will mark the first time the actor will be the protagonist of Nolan.

The premiere date has already been confirmed for July 21, 2023, with Universal guaranteeing an exclusive viewing window in theatres for more than 90 days, a requirement of the filmmaker against the new standards established by the pandemic. Production is scheduled to start in early 2022.

Nolan reunites his “Tenet” team, with Hoyte Van Hoytema directing photography, Jennifer Lame in editing, and Ludwig Göransson in the soundtrack. Hoytema had previously worked with the filmmaker on “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk” while Lame and Göransson started the partnership on “Tenet”.

Nolan directs and writes the screenplay, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

The film will focus on the development of atomic bombs in World War II, highlighting the critical role of Oppenheimer, who, although he was essential to such a production, eventually realized the ambivalence of this power, defending the control of nuclear power and opposing the bomb of hydrogen.