Oppenheimer Poster Puts Cillian Murphy at the Center of Great Change

The world forever changes in the first poster for celebrated director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming biopic, Oppenheimer. Revealed courtesy of the official Twitter account for the movie, the poster offers another glimpse at Peaky Blinders and Batman Begins star Cillian Murphy as the titular J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man who would become known as the father of the atomic bomb.

The poster puts Cillian Murphy at the center of flame-colored smoke, with the actor merely a tiny silhouette within the explosive consequences of his influence and expertise. Both of which led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Now he is to become Death, the destroyer of worlds.

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. The story will follow Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who contributed to the Manhattan Project that led to the invention of the atomic bomb, exploring the man’s moral struggle and the inner crisis he faced after seeing what his invention was capable of.

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Oppenheimer Features One of the Greatest Casts of All Time

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Not only will Oppenheimer find the hugely talented Cillian Murphy take the lead in a Christopher Nolan film for the first time (the pair have collaborated multiple times over the years), but Murphy will be backed up by one of, if not the greatest supporting casts of all time.

Alongside Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer stars a glorious procession of recognizable names, including Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, and Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock. Now, take a deep breath, as Oppenheimer will also feature the likes of Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, Kenneth Branagh, Casey Affleck, Gary Oldman, Alex Wolff, David Krumholtz, David Dastmalchian, Jason Clarke, Olivia Thirlby, and, if you can believe, more.

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who is, of course, best known for crafting stellar modern blockbusters such as The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, and Tenet, Oppenheimer sees the filmmaker move away from Warner Bros. Pictures for the first time. This decision occurred due to the studio’s pandemic release strategy, which saw new movies released simultaneously in theaters and via streaming. Thus, Oppenheimer will be released courtesy of Universal Pictures, who reportedly won the rights to the project after an intense bidding war for Nolan’s latest.

Details of how Nolan will approach the biopic remain somewhat mysterious at present, but star Cillian Murphy has teased how Oppenheimer will use Nolan-esque techniques to tell this real-life story or hubris and tragedy. “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,” Cillian Murphy said of Oppenheimer. “That’s all I can say. Is it focused on a particular period of his life? The Manhattan Project, perchance? I’m not going to say. They’d kill me — they’re so strict!”

Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2023.