Christopher Nolan, the famed director behind masterpieces like "Inception" and "The Dark Knight" trilogy, has ventured into biographical drama with his latest offering, "Oppenheimer". The film is centred around J. Robert Oppenheimer, known in history as the father of the atomic bomb, and charts the course of his journey with the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, where a team of scientists worked diligently to develop nuclear weapons.
As the lead scientist of the Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer's work changed the course of World War II and the trajectory of global politics and warfare. This film offers an opportunity to delve into the life and mindset of the man behind this world-altering invention, providing audiences with a deeper understanding of his complex character and the profound ethical dilemmas he grappled with.
Robert Oppenheimer is played by Cillian Murphy, an actor widely recognized for his role in "Peaky Blinders" as well as his appearances in six of Nolan's previous films, including a notable cameo in "The Dark Knight Rises". This marks the first time that Murphy has taken on a lead role in a Christopher Nolan film, a milestone that he had long aspired to.
In preparation for the role, Murphy has drawn from his past experience playing a physicist in the film "Sunshine" (2007), during which he spent time with physicist Brian Cox, gaining insights into the complex intellectual processes that underpin scientific discovery.
Speaking about his role, Murphy stated, "It’s the best script I ever read." He appreciated the film's unique narrative approach, which is told entirely from Oppenheimer’s perspective, adding that he believes the film is sensational. Christopher Nolan has expressed high expectations for Murphy's portrayal of Oppenheimer, emphasizing the actor's "extraordinary empathetic ability" and his power to engage the audience, enabling them to understand the layered complexity of the character.
The film boasts a star-studded cast that includes Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Leslie Groves Jr., Tom Conti as a somber looking Albert Einstein, and many others.
In anticipation of the film’s release this summer, the British Film Institute has announced the re-release of some of Nolan’s other acclaimed films, such as “The Dark Knight” saga, “Inception,” “Interstellar,” “Tenet,” and “Dunkirk,” in 70mm IMAX for theatrical viewing.
The film is set to hit theatres globally on July 21.