Any film directed by Christopher Nolan will be eagerly anticipated, but his next project feels especially special. Oppenheimer is the director’s first biopic and his first film since 2000’s Memento not to be distributed by Warner Bros., glued together by a cast that feels like the Avengers Assemble of Hollywood acting heavyweights.
Aside from the all-star cast, Oppenheimer’s subject matter has the scope and weight we’ve come to associate with Nolan’s work. This is the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is known as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project during WWII. Can this story about humanity’s most destructive creation become a cinematic event to rival Cillian Murphy’s previous works, with Cillian Murphy leading the charge?
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What is Oppenheimer all about?
Based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, American Prometheus, Nolan’s film follows the theoretical physicist’s involvement in the Manhattan Project. During World War II, the United States led a research and development program to create the first nuclear weapons between 1942 and 1946.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the project’s foundations in 1939, in response to fears that scientists working for Adolf Hitler were developing their own nuclear weapon. A team of scientists and military officials was tasked with investigating uranium’s potential as a weapon. In 1941, it was renamed the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD).
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, which resulted in America joining the war effort on the Allies’ side, this project became a military initiative led by Lieutenant General Leslie Groves of the Army Corps of Engineers. Oppenheimer was appointed director of the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico in 1943, where the actual bombs were designed. This complex, also known as Project Y at the time, was where the first Manhattan Project bombs were built and tested.
On July 16, 1945, the Manhattan Project culminated in the first nuclear weapon detonation at the White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico as part of the Trinity test. The bombs, intended to end the Second World War, were later used in devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The two bombs killed over 100,000 people and leveled both cities. Oppenheimer reflected on the Trinity test two decades later, in a TV interview in 1965. “We knew the world would never be the same. A few people laughed. A few people sobbed. “Most people were silent,” he said.
“I remembered a line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita: Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince to do his duty and to impress him, he takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all felt that in some way.” Oppenheimer died on February 18, 1967, at the age of 62, from throat cancer.
Cillian Murphy, who has worked with Nolan on films such as Batman Begins and Dunkirk, plays Oppenheimer. He’s joined by Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife Katherine ‘Kitty,’ Matt Damon as Army Corps of Engineers overseer Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss, and Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, a member of the Communist Party in the United States who had a romantic relationship with Oppenheimer.
On this day in 1945, the US drops the first of two atomic bombs on Japan.
"What has been done is the greatest achievement of organized science in history" — President Truman
"The time will come when mankind will curse the names Los Alamos and Hiroshima" — Robert Oppenheimer pic.twitter.com/njk58IDtIa
— Military History Now (@MilHistNow) August 6, 2022
Other confirmed cast members include Benny Safdie as physicist Edward Teller, Josh Hartnett as physicist Ernest Lawrence, Matthew Modine as OSRD leader Vannevar Bush, and Dylan Arnold as Robert’s younger brother Frank Oppenheimer, and Michael Angarano as Robert Serber.
There’s also a heap of unknown roles, including Rami Malek, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Olli Haaskivi, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, Kenneth Branagh, David Dastmalchian, Jason Clarke, Louise Lombard, Scott Grimes, Christopher Denham, James D’Arcy, David Rysdahl, Guy Burnet, Danny Deferrari, Josh Peck, Harrison Gilbertson, Emma Dumont, Matthias Schweighöfer, Gustaf Skarsgard, Devon Bostick, Alex Wolff, Tony Goldwyn, Trond Fausa Aurvag, Gary Oldman, Josh Zuckerman, Olivia Thirlby, and Casey Affleck.
The wait is finally over and Here’s the official teaser of the movie:-