Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan have a good working relationship. After Nolan left his partnership with Warner Bros, the bidding over his next film was furious. Universal bought the rights to the new film, Oppenheimer. It’s based on the life and times of the father of the atomic bomb. According to Universal, Cillian Murphy is signed on for the title role. The film releases in theaters on July 21st, 2023. Nolan has been the undisputed king of July movie releases lately, so that time frame makes perfect sense.

Robert J. Oppenheimer was one of the principle players in the creation of the atomic bomb. He faced a dilemma, to create something so horrifically destructive, but that’ll save lives in the end. Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley had this to say:

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ films have shattered the limits of what cinematic storytelling can achieve. We are thrilled to be working alongside them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and commitment to the theatrical experience.

The Details Of Oppenheimer

Of course this new Nolan film comes in IMAX. So we can all look forward to what Nolan and Murphy have to say about the father of the atomic bomb. The film is based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

Oppenheimer begins production in early 2022 and combines IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film. Nolan is writing, directing, and producing the film with Emma Thomas.

Nolan released Tenet earlier in 2021. It was the first of the “pandemic” era movies to head back to theaters.

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Source: Universal Pictures