Christopher Nolan will return to theaters in 2023 with the release of “Oppenheimer” based on the life of theoretical physicist and “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer. Nolan has never done a biopic before, but don’t expect the Oscar-nominated director to take the traditional biopic route. Like all of Nolan’s films, expect the unexpected when “Oppenheimer” arrives. There is a dearth of details about the project at the moment, but reports suggest that Nolan will bring things back significantly after the $200 million-plus visit to “Tenet”. What does the $ 100 million Nolan biopic look like? We’re going to find out.
Check out a rundown of what we know about Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” below.
First Look of Nolan’s Oppenheimer
The first-look image for the Cillian Murphy biopic features physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer has been transformed. “Oppenheimer” is set to release in theaters on July 21, 2023.
The Source Material
Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and the Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Nolan is managing the adaptation by himself. “American Prometheus” was published in 2005 and was awarded Pulitzer Prize in 2006, for biography or autobiography. It also won the 2008 Duff Cooper Award. Sherwin and Authors Bird have spent two decades researching on Oppenheimer’s life for the book.
Cast & crew of Oppenheimer
- Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
- Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer
- Matt Damon as Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves
- Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss
- Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock
- Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence
- Michael Angarano as Robert Serber
- Benny Safdie as Edward Teller
- Dylan Arnold as Frank Oppenheimer
- Scott Grimes as Counsel
- Christopher Denham as Klaus Fuchs
- Jack Wang
- Olli Haaskivi
- Louise Lombard
- Jason Clarke
- David Krumholtz
- Matthew Modine
- Alden Ehrenreich
- Dane DeHaan
- David Dastmalchian
- Kenneth Branagh
- Jack Quaid
- Rami Malek
Variety reports that “Oppenheimer” will have a budget in the $ 100 million range, which represents a significant scaleback for Nolan. The estimated budget for “Tenet” was $ 225 million Ballpark, a huge number which is still one of the biggest price points of Nolan’s career. Only “The Dark Knight Rises” surpassed the $ 200 million production budget mark for Nolan before “Tenet”, while other management efforts such as “The Dark Knight”, “Inception” and “Interstellar” fell into the $ 150- $ 180 million range. “Dunkirk” was made in the mid to low 100 million range. It looks like Oppenheimer will return Nolan to the Dunkirk area.
Universal Pictures confirms “Oppenheimer” will start production in early 2022. The studio added: “’Oppenheimer’ will be shot on a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film for the highest image quality.” These details didn’t surprised, as Nolan shot “Tenet” and “Dunkirk” in the exact same formats. Nolan’s team or Universal didn’t said anything yet from where “Oppenheimer” will film.
Oppenheimer’s Release Date
“Oppenheimer” by Universal Pictures is set to release in theaters on July 21, 2023. Summer release in mid-July has become a major issue for Nolan.The release date is about two weeks before the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.