Oppenheimer: Everything we know so far about Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster

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9 Jul 2023, 17:10

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The biographical thriller will be released later this month.

Oppenheimer is just one of the many highly-anticipated films coming to cinemas this July.

Not only does it have a star-studded cast led by Cillian Murphy, but the $100 million movie also features the world’s first atomic explosion without the use of CGI.

It was directed by Christopher Nolan, best known for The Dark Knight (2008), Interstellar (2014), and Inception (2010).

When will Oppenheimer be released in cinemas?

Oppenheimer will hit cinemas on 21st July 2023, which is the same day that Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film starring Margot Robbie will be released.

This overlap has sparked the internet phenomenon Barbenheimer, which came about when fans said they would watch both films back to back despite their contradicting styles.

Who stars in the film?

The Oppenheimer cast is fronted by Cillian Murphy, who plays the titular role.

The Peaky Blinders actor will be accompanied by big names such as Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, and Florence Pugh.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek and award-winning actor Gary Oldman will also appear in the film.

What is Oppenheimer about?

The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

It tells the story of the Manhattan Project scientist who was responsible for creating the first nuclear bomb.

Murphy took five months to prepare for the lead role, in which he had to do “an awful lot of prep and interrogating”.

In an interview with The New York Times, he explained: “I love acting with my body, and Oppenheimer had a very distinct physicality and silhouette, which I wanted to get right.

“I had to lose quite a bit of weight, and we worked with the costume and tailoring; he was very slim, almost emaciated, [and] existed on martinis and cigarettes.”

Did Christopher Nolan use CGI when recreating the nuclear explosion?

Christopher Nolan has always preferred using practical effects rather than CGI.

For his sci-fi thriller Tenet (2020), he blew up a real Boeing 747, and in 2010, he used a rotating hallway to film Inception’s gravity-defying fight scene.

For Oppenheimer, Nolan pulled off his biggest stunt to date by recreating the world’s first-ever atomic explosion without using CGI.

In an interview with Total Film, the 52-year-old revealed there were “huge practical challenges” during the filming process.

He admitted: “I think recreating the Trinity test without the use of computer graphics was a huge challenge to take on.

“Andrew Jackson - my visual effects supervisor, I got him on board early on - was looking at how we could do a lot with the visual elements of the film practically, from representing quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the Trinity test itself to recreating, with my team, Los Alamos up on a mesa in New Mexico in extraordinary weather, a lot of which was needed for the film.”

Oppenheimer will be released in cinemas on 21st July 2023.