Christopher Nolan earned the first Oscar Award of his directorial career with his 2023 biographical drama film Oppenheimer. Like most of Nolan’s films, Oppenheimer also consisted of an ensemble cast featuring A-listers of the Hollywood industry like Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh. The film was led by Cillian Murphy, who took the Oscar trophy for Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character, J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Though the film was undoubtedly whole in every context, interestingly, it might also have included actor Glen Powell, but fate had some other plans. Recently, the actor revealed that he missed out on an opportunity to work with Christopher Nolan on his last film, Oppenheimer.

During a chat with GQ UK, Powell revealed that he was very close to playing nuclear physicist Ernest Lawrence in Oppenheimer, a role that ultimately went to Josh Hartnett. Powell says that he missed out on getting the part “by a slim margin” but did admit that he’s still in touch with Nolan and has “faith that they’ll get to do something together soon.” 

It’s fine even if Powell missed out on the role in Oppenheimer, as the actor does have a history of working with visionary filmmaker Nolan. 

Who is Glen Powell, and What is he up to?

Glen Powell is one of the most in-demand actors in the Hollywood industry. Since his supporting role in Top Gun: Maverick, the actor has become a hot commodity and could very well be one of his generation’s most sought-after actors. 

Today, he is a big name in the film industry, but before reaching this pinnacle in his acting career, he worked with the legendary filmmaker Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises. Powell played the role of a trader who had the misfortune of crossing paths with Bane (Tom Hardy) at the Gotham Stock Market. Bane ends up taking the trader’s head and smashing it into a keyboard, a moment that fans have regularly pointed out after Powell began securing more movie roles. 

The actor is known for his leading role in the comedy-horror series Scream Queens (2015–2016) and the 2023 romantic comedy  Anyone but You. The 35-year-old actor will next be seen in Twisters, a standalone sequel to the 1996 disaster movie hit. His other projects are also in various stages of development. His upcoming projects include a remake of The Running Man by director Edgar Wright, a project with director J.J. Abrams, the revenge thriller Huntington, and a remake of Heaven Can Wait.

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