Frankly, a movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer – the man who developed the atomic bomb – sounds like another Oscar-bait biopic, much talked about one year, forgotten the next. However, when you add Christopher Nolan to the equation, everyone’s interest peaks. The director just doesn’t make boring movies (although, admittedly, he does make confusing movies).
Oppenheimer’s script seems too good for Hollywood’s best actors to resist. First, Cillian Murphy took the lead role. Then his A Quiet Place Part II co-star Emily Blunt signed on to play Oppenheimer’s wife. Now two of the biggest names in cinema, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon, have joined the cast.
Deadline reports that their roles are being kept under wraps, which certainly seems surprising for a book-based biopic – American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. However, there were reports that Nolan was his usual self and kept copies of the script during the lockdown. It seems there is a lot more to this movie than it seems.
Downey Jr. is a newcomer to working with Nolan, as Damon previously appeared in (slight spoiler) Interstellar. Murphy rose to fame as the evil scarecrow in Nolan’s Batman Begins.
If you were worried that Oppenheimer was simply made so that Nolan could finally get his hands on some rewards, then think again. While most biopics are released closer to awards season (think Kristen Stewart’s Spencer this week, David Fincher’s Mank last December), Nolan’s movie – which has a budget of over $ 100. million dollars – has a hit season date of July 21, 2023. That gives it a week head start over Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
All that to say that Oppenheimer looks like another big budget, big idea movie from Nolan, with a cast that is shaping up to be a who’s who of Hollywood. While we wait for the new movie, here’s our ranking of the best Christopher Nolan movies – we’re ready to fight in the comments.