Nolan’s Oppenheimer Is About a Man’s Turmoil With His Knowledge

Cillian Murphy is as intense as ever playing the titular character in Oppenheimer. | via Universal Pictures

by | Dec 26, 2022

The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s latest, “Oppenheimer” is here, and gives us a glimpse at how the “father of the atomic bomb” was tormented by his choice to develop an atomic bomb, and how he had to do it anyway.

Cillian Murphy leads a star-studded cast as the titular scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and is accompanied by several of the actors Nolan has previously worked with.

  • Emily Blunt as Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer (Robert Oppenheimer’s wife)
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss (Chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission)
  • Matt Damon as Leslie Groves (Director of the Manhattan Project)
  • Benny Safdie as Edward Teller (Worked on the Manhattan Project)

The trailer begins with a voiceover from Murphy’s J. Robert Oppenheimer, who says “We imagine a future, and our imaginings horrify us,” which then shows us glimpses of a perplexed and introspective Oppenheimer mixed in with visuals of explosions.

A still of Cillian Murphy playing the titular character in Oppenheimer.

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This will be the first time that Cillian Murphy leads one of Nolan’s films, although the two have previously worked together on several projects, including Inception, The Dark Night Trilogy, and Dunkirk.

Based on American Prometheus, a biography of Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, Oppenheimer marks the first time in years that one of Nolan’s films is not made at Warner Bros., with Universal winning the bid for this one.

According to a previous report from Variety, the movie will need to generate at least $400 million globally to turn in a profit, although the number does not seem like a fast shot for one of Nolan’s films.

Oppenheimer is set to release in theaters on July 21, 2023.