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- 02 Aug 22
The highly anticipated project reunites the Cork-born actor with long-time collaborator Christopher Nolan.
The first trailer for Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy in the lead role as "father of the atomic bomb" J. Robert Oppenheimer, has been released.
"You gave them the power to destroy themselves. It made him the most important man who ever lived," a voice declares in the thrilling teaser, which features plenty of fire and eerie soundtrack music. Murphy can also be seen walking along a corridor, his face partly covered by the brim of his hat.
Oppenheimer reunites the Peaky Blinders star with acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, following previous work on Nolan's Dunkirk, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Murphy stars as the theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in the forthcoming movie, who is described as "the man who moved the Earth" and credited as the father of the atomic bomb for his role in the Manhattan Project. The Second World War plan was a path for the USA to develop nuclear weapons.
The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.
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With a release date set for July 21, 2023, the cast of Oppenheimer also includes Murphy's Dunkirk co-star Kenneth Branagh and A Quiet Place Part II co-star Emily Blunt, who will star as Oppenheimer’s wife Katherine. It also features Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek and Florence Pugh.
Earlier this year, Murphy spoke to Esquire about his "huge" role. He commented on Nolan's choice to cast him: "It's the first time he's cast me in a lead, which I'm still a bit in shock about, but I'm thrilled.
"It's a huge part and a lot of work. But in my estimation, you're working with one of the greatest living directors, so you're in safe hands. The difference with this one is the story is there, everybody knows what happened. But Chris is telling it in a different way, as with Chris you would expect. That's all I can say," Murphy added.
Nolan is both the director and the writer of Oppenheimer, which will be released just before the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).
Watch the first teaser trailer for Oppenheimer below.
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