The expanding ensemble of Christopher Nolan‘s next feature, Oppenheimer, continues to impress.
Florence Pugh, Oscar winner Rami Malek, and Benny Safdie (co-director of Uncut Gems and Good Time, the latter of which he co-starred in) have been added to a star-studded cast that already includes Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., and Matt Damon.
Oppenheimer will tell the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American scientist who ran the Manhattan Project – the WWII undertaking that saw the creation of the atom bomb. Cillian Murphy is on board to play Oppenheimer; Blunt will play his wife, Katherine Oppenheimer; Downey will play Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss, who cast doubt on Oppenheimer’s loyalty to the U.S. during infamous hearings; and Damon is on board as Army Corps of Engineers officer Leslie Groves, who was director on the Manhattan Project.
Pugh is set to play Communist Party member Jean Tatlock, who had an affair with Oppenheimer; Safdie has been cast as Edward Teller, the controversial Hungarian physicist known as the father of the hydrogen bomb; and Malek will reportedly also be playing a scientist, although no details on his role have been shared.
Nolan will be directing from his own screenplay, an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, written by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.
As of now, the Universal Pictures release, which is reportedly coming with a hefty $US100 million budget, is scheduled for U.S. release on July 21st, 2023.