Cillian Murphy will be reuniting with Christopher Nolan for the acclaimed director’s highly anticipated next film.
Murphy will play in Oppenheimer the role of J Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist known as the “father of the atomic bomb”.
The Irish actor, 45, is a favorite collaborator of Nolan and they previously worked together on the Dark Knight, Inception and Dunkirk trilogy.
The news was announced by Studio Universal, which said the film will be released in North America on July 21, 2023, a Nolan favorite summer slot.
Universal described Oppenheimer as an “epic thriller that immerses audiences in the thrilling paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”
The film is based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and the late Martin J Sherwin.
This is Nolan’s first project not to be done in his longtime Warner Bros. home since the 2000s Memento.
The filmmaker, 51, publicly slammed Warner Bros. last year when he announced that its 2021 movie slate would launch on its HBO Max streaming service concurrently with theaters.
Nolan is one of the most ardent advocates of the theatrical experience in Hollywood.
In addition to directing Oppenheimer, Nolan writes the screenplay for the film.