Universal Pictures and Syncopy have announced that principle photography has begun on Chrisopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, releasing the first look at Cillian Murphy in the titular role.
The biographical drama will explore the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist credited as the “father of the atomic bomb.” Murphy is shown wearing a brimmed hat and smoking a cigarettes while staring intensely at the camera. Oppenheimer features an all-star cast that includes Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, and Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock. Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, and Matthew Modine also star. In addition, Kenneth Branagh, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, and Michael Angarano have more recently joined the already packed cast in undisclosed roles.
Oppenheimer is Christopher Nolan’s latest film following 2020’s Tenet, and will be released in theaters on July 23, 2023. Written and directed by Nolan, the film is based on the biography American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.