Everything We Know About Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (2023): Including Trailer, Plot, And The Cast

Everything We Know About Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (2023): Three years after the release of the mind-bending Tenet (2020), writer-filmmaker Christopher Nolan is back with Oppenheimer based on the life and work of American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. This will be Nolan’s twelfth feature-length film and his first association with Universal Pictures.

After the disagreement with Warner Bros. Pictures in 2021 over the simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max, Christopher Nolan approached new production houses before finally settling with Universal Pictures in September 2021.

What is Oppenheimer (2023) About?

Oppenheimer focuses on the life and work of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is called the “father of the atomic bomb” for his contribution to the Manhattan Project. Manhattan Project was led by the United States of America and supported by the United Kingdom and Canada during the Second World War and is credited with the discovery of the first nuclear weapons made. It is the first biography by Christopher Nolan, the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer”

Who is in Oppenheimer’s Cast and Crew? 

Nolan has gathered an all-star cast for this film. Returning for his sixth collaboration with Nolan is Cillian Murphy, who plays the titular role of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’, a nuclear physicist, disturbed individual, and a sympathizer of left-leaning causes. Murphy previously worked with Nolan in his The Dark Knight trilogy and the war drama Dunkirk (2017), among other films. Emily Blunt is cast as Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, and a member of the Communist Party of America. Robert Downey Jr is cast as Lewis Strauss, who was a prominent figure in the invention of nuclear weapons and nuclear power-related development in America.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (2023)

Matt Damon plays Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, a United States Army Corps of Engineers officer who acted as the director of The Manhattan Project; it will be Damon’s second collaboration with Nolan; he previously worked with him in the science fiction film Interstellar (2014)Florence Pugh joins the cast as Jean Tatlock, an American psychiatrist and physician who was also involved in a relationship with Oppenheimer.

Gary Oldman was cast as Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States of America. Academy award-winning actors Rami Malek and Kenneth Branagh also join the cast in undisclosed roles. It will be Branagh’s third association with Nolan, he has also worked in his previous two films, Dunkirk (2017) and Tenet (2020). 

Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema is joining crew, a long-time collaborator of Nolan, will be his fourth film with the award-winning director. He has previously worked with him in Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017), and Tenet (2020). The background score for the film is by Ludwig Göransson, who previously set music for Nolan’s Tenet (2020). Editor Jennifer Lame joins the crew, and it will be her second collaboration with Nolan as an editor. She also edited his previous film.

When is Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (2023) Releasing?

Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2023, by Universal Pictures in IMAX, 70 mm, and 35 mm. It will be Nolan’s first film in three years and his first film to be released and distributed by Universal Studios. 

Watch the Trailer for Oppenheimer (2023)

Universal Studios released the teaser trailer on 28th July 2022, and if the first looks are to go by, it will be a thrilling and visually stunning film. True to Nolan’s style of narrative storytelling, the trailer has a ticking clock style that nods to his distinctive filmmaking as well as a countdown to a bomb blast. Cillian Murphy resembles Oppenheimer, and the actor’s expressive intensity shines out in the teaser trailer. The background score hits a crescendo in true Nolan fashion, increasing the thrill and promising great things. Watch the trailer for yourself here: