The director has found the lead actor for his planned biopic about a famous atomic physicist. He relies on a renewed collaboration with an Irishman.
Los Angeles – The English director Christopher Nolan (51, “The Dark Knight”, “Dunkirk”) has found the leading actor for his film about the “father of the atomic bomb”.
Irish actor Cillian Murphy (45) is said to play physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, as the Universal Pictures studio announced on Friday (local time). The biopic “Oppenheimer” is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2023. Nolan and Murphy have shot together a number of times, including films like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, and Dunkirk, but this is the first time Murphy has starred.
The film takes place during the Second World War, when the brilliant physicist (1904-1967) played a key role in the development of the atomic bomb. The American of German-Jewish descent headed the top-secret Manhattan project in Los Alamos in the New Mexico desert. After the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, Oppenheimer was shaken by the destructive power of his creation, campaigned against the use of nuclear weapons and fell victim to an anti-communist hunt in the USA.
The film project is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by the authors Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Nolan, who is writing the script, plans to start filming in early 2022. dpa