Christopher Nolan Says People Are “Speechless” After Watching New Movie

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer’s director, has said that early audiences for the historical thriller have been left speechless and stunned.

Cillian Murphy stars as J. Robert Oppenheimer.  Emily Blunt stars as his wife, the scientist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer. 

The film is due to premiere on July 21 and has received high acclaim from its British-American director for its focus on characters and connections. Cillian Murphy (Jack Bristow from Peaky Blinders), Matt Damon (General Leslie Groves Jr. from The Manhattan Project), and  Florence Pugh (Psychiatrist Jean Tatlock) are just a few of the well-known actors in the picture.

Michael Angarano as Robert Serber, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Josh Hartnett as groundbreaking American nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence, and Benny Safdie as theoretical physicist Edward Teller are among the other notable faces in the film.

Nolan described the picture as an “intense experience” because of the weight of the plot and the director’s investment in it. He said he was glad to be done with the project because of its emotional toll on him. He also said the film had a vibrancy he hadn’t experienced in his previous works, which had only included black and white.

The film is based on the  Pulitzer Prize–winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. 

The new teaser, clocking in at a dramatic three minutes, depicts the desperate race against time to construct the bomb and the moral difficulties that come with it. 

Oppenheimer also features Rami Malek and reteams Nolan with Kenneth Branagh, who has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He is an actor, a writer, and a director.  

After being given the job, Cillian Murphy, who had previously only appeared in supporting roles in five films, expressed interest in taking on the challenge. He reflected on how Nolan, an influential figure in his creative and professional development, had prepared him to take on the job.