Melinda Sue Gordon/Universal Pictures Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer
For Christopher Nolans Oppenheimerthe world is about to change.
On Monday, Universal Pictures released the official trailer for 52-year-old Nolan’s next movie, starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the mastermind of the Manhattan Project that helped develop the atomic bomb.
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, the film also features Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, biologist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer.
Matt Damon also stars as General Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan Project, alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, a founding member of the US Atomic Energy Commission.
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Oscar nominee Florence Pugh, meanwhile, appears as psychiatrist Jean Tatlock in the thriller, which explores the paradox of “an enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world to save it,” Universal said in a release.
Casey Affleck, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek and Kenneth Branagh also star.
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The Oppenheimer trailer debuted on IMAX screens around the world ahead of screenings for Avatar: the way of the water debuting on December 16 with a special version of the trailer that will not be available online, according to the Associated Press.
In a statement to the AP on Dec. 13, Nolan said using IMAX technology is “tremendously important in taking audiences into the mind and experience of this person who changed our world forever.”
Melinda Sue Gordon/Universal Pictures Cillian Murphy at Openheimer
That’s what the director also said in a recent interview with Total movie that he and the Oppenheimer production team created the film’s first-ever detonation of a nuclear weapon without using CGI, calling the endeavor “a huge challenge to take on”, per Games radar.
Nolan explained that he brought in visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson “early” on the project and that Jackson “looked at how we could practically apply many of the film’s visual elements, from depicting quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the Trinity- test for yourself, recreating Los Alamos with my team on a mesa in New Mexico in extraordinary weather, many of which were needed for the film.
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Melinda Sue Gordon/Universal Pictures Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer
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“In terms of the very harsh conditions out there, there were huge practical challenges,” he added.
told Nolan Total movie that he’s “enthusiastic about what [his] team has been able to achieve” with Oppenheimer which, even aside from the special effects, is “a story of enormous scope and scale”.
“And one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever taken on in terms of the scale of it, and in terms of meeting the breadth of Oppenheimer’s story,” said the director. “There were big, logistical challenges, big practical challenges.”
Oppenheimer is in theaters July 21, 2023.