Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon will join Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming J. Robert Oppenheimer biopic.
Now that Christopher Nolan has tapped Cillian Murphy to star as the man behind the atom bomb and Emily Blunt as his wife Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, the Interstellar director is rounding out the biopic’s supporting cast. Deadline reports that Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon have been tapped to star in the biopic, which is set to hit cinemas in 2023.
Matt Damon and Christopher Nolan previously worked together on Interstellar. This will be the first time that Nolan and Robert Downey Jr. work together.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Matt Damon will star as Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the director of The Manhattan Project. The infamous project led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Robert Downey Jr. is set to appear as Lewis Strauss, the Atomic Energy Commissioner, who butted heads with Oppenheimer throughout the creation of the bomb.
The film will begin production in early 2022 and be shot totally in IMAX. Oppenheimer will be released theatrically on July 21, 2023. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Here’s the synopsis for Christopher Nolan’s last film Tenet:
John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.”
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, and Himesh Patel. Christopher Nolan also serves as a producer alongside his wife Emma Thomas, with Thomas Hayslip on board as an executive producer.
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Source: Deadline/The Hollywood Reporter