Universal Pictures has finally released the initial much-awaited look at Oppenheimer, the forthcoming Christopher Nolan-directed film which is based on the creator of the atomic bomb. The first image shows Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the black-and-white image is revealed by Variety which shows Murphy’s Oppenheimer dressed up in a suit with a hat over his head.
A cigar in his mouth, which looks like an accurate representation of someone who was actually known to be a chain smoker. Oppenheimer passed away on February 18, 1967, after battling throat cancer for some time. The film, Oppenheimer has an all-star cast, with yet another addition being announced recently.
Kenneth Branagh joins Oppenheimer
Kenneth Branagh will also be joining the Oppenheimer cast in an undisclosed role yet. Nolan and Branagh are no strangers to each other, with the two previously working together on Belfast and Tenet. Belfast got Branagh an Academy Award nomination for directing, writing, and producing. The first look also arrives as Universal and Syncopy have announced principal photography for the film.
The cast has so far continued to flourish, with more additions over the past two months including Jack Quaid (The Boys), Florence Pugh, Dane DeHaan, Matthew Modine, and Josh Hartnett. Other cast members also include Robert Downey Jr., Michael Angarano, Emily Blunt, Dylan Arnold, Benny Safdie, Matt Damon, Rami Malek, David Krumholtz, and Alden Ehrenreich.
The film will be opening on July 21, 2023, and Oppenheimer is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, titled, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. You may read the description from the book below:
American Prometheus is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb,” the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation-one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, the embodiment of modern man confronting the consequences of scientific progress.
He was the author of a radical proposal to place international controls over atomic materials-an idea that is still relevant today. He opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb and criticized the Air Force’s plans to fight an infinitely dangerous nuclear war. In the now almost-forgotten hysteria of the early 1950s, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup, and, in response, Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss, Superbomb advocate Edward Teller and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover worked behind the scenes to have a hearing board find that Oppenheimer could not be trusted with America’s nuclear secrets.
We follow him from his earliest education at the turn of the twentieth century at New York City’s Ethical Culture School, through personal crises at Harvard and Cambridge universities. Then to Germany, where he studied quantum physics with the world’s most accomplished theorists; and to Berkeley, California, where he established, during the 1930s, the leading American school of theoretical physics, and where he became deeply involved with social justice causes and their advocates, many of whom were communists. Then to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he transformed a bleak mesa into the world’s most potent nuclear weapons laboratory-and where he himself was transformed. And finally, to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, which he directed from 1947 to 1966.