Oppenheimer: Nolan’s Biopic–First Look at Cillian Murphy as Atomic Scientist

‘Oppenheimer’ Unveils First Look at Cillian Murphy as Atomic Scientist

Kenneth Branagh has been added to the cast of the Universal biopic.

Cillian Murphy is one of the fathers of the atomic bomb in the first look image at Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s biopic of the controversial scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

The Universal feature, which started production in New Mexico, has also added Kenneth Branagh, along with actor Michael Angarano.

The star-studded cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid and Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich and David Krumholtz.

Murphy portrays Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the Atomic bomb during the Second World War who later found his loyalty to the country questioned by hawkish government officials. Murphy first teamed with Nolan on Batman Begins (2005), in which he portrayed the Scarecrow after auditioning for Batman. He also appeared in Nolan’s Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Dunkirk (2017).

Oppenheimer is based on the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. Universal landed the project, Nolan’s first movie in years not made with his former studio home, Warner Bros.

Production is expected to shoot on Imax 65mm and 65mm large-format film. Nolan has recruited director of photography Hoyte Van Hoytema, who worked with him on Tenet, Dunkirk and Interstellar, and editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson, who both also worked on Tenet.

Universal has set theatrical release date of July 21, 2023. The summer month has long been a Nolan release tradition