Christopher Nolan’s upcoming project Oppenheimer is getting more stacked as the weeks go by as we have our first look of Cillian Murphy in the title role to confirm filming has begun.
Since I last reported the trio of Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, and Benny Safdie joining the Universal movie, a list of names have come on board. They include Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Jack Quaid (The Boys, Scream), Josh Harnett (Wrath of Man), Dylan Arnold (Halloween Kills) and Olli Haaskivi (Manifest).
With production beginning, the film has three more names as The Hollywood Reporter that Alden Ehrenreich, probably best known playing the lead role as the galaxy’s favourite smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018 and received acclaim for his role in the Cohn brothers’ Hail, Caesar!.
Alongside him is David Krumholtz. I haven’t seen much of Krumholtz’s work, but he’s been in some US TV shows like Numbers and the HBO Series, The Deuce.
THR states they haven’t heard who the two will be playing in the epic thriller.
Additionally, whilst showing the first image, Universal announced that Belfast director Kenneth Branagh is reteaming up with Nolan, having previously appeared in Dunkirk and Tenet.
In some ways, the actor/filmmaker has become a muse for The Dark Knight trilogy director, similar to how Julia Fox was Josh Safdie’s (brother of Benny) muse for Uncut Gems.
I’m stunned by how massive Nolan and Universal are going with this movie. This has got to be the hottest project for any actor to get cast that isn’t a DC, Marvel, Star Wars or Dune. The British filmmaker is pulling out all the stops to get his hands on the Best Director Oscar, having also written the movie.
I’m guessing there’s some point he wants to prove to his former studio family of Warner Bros as well. Wouldn’t it be brilliant that after all the years of producing terrific cinema of WB, the first time he moves somewhere else, not only does he knocks it out again, but he finally wins an Academy Award. I can see, unless Discovery put some serious dollar down, Nolan staying at Universal for the next decade.
As this is a Nolan movie, I’m fully expecting to see Michael Caine pop up or have some presence.
The film itself sees Murphy as the theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who helped create the atomic bomb during World War II, but a couple of years later, his loyalty to the United States was called into question by government officials.