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“Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited film about the “father” of the atomic bomb, released its first images on Thursday as an appetizer before its release on July 21, 2023. The public went wild, even generating jokes among Twitter users who said that Nolan would explode atomic bombs to make the recording more real.
In a brief video that the studio Universal Pictures is playing on loop on its social networks, with a countdown included, Cillian Murphy stars as J. Robert Oppenheimer while a voiceover says: “The world is changing, reforming. This is your moment.”
The voice corresponds to Emily Blunt, who portrays the scientist’s wife, Katherine, in this highly anticipated film from the director of “Dunkirk” (2017).
Later, after a succession of images of explosions, another male voice implores, “You gave them the power to destroy themselves and make him the most important man who ever lived.”
The plot of “Oppenheimer” will be based on the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
It will be the second time that the filmmaker sets a film in World War II after the applauded and successful “Dunkirk” (2017).
Nolan is one of the most prestigious and influential directors of the 21st century, thanks to films such as “Inception” (2010), “Interstellar” (2014), and the lauded Batman trilogy consisting of “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012).
His most recent film, “Tenet,” was released in the summer of 2020 despite a highly complex coronavirus situation and theaters worldwide being closed or with minimal seating capacity.
The film, a complex espionage thriller that intersected with time games, grossed $364 million, a meager figure for a blockbuster of this magnitude, marking Nolan’s breakup with Warner Bros.
The Briton had been working with Warner Bros. for years. Still, it was highly critical when the studio decided to release his films in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously as an emergency measure due to Covid-19.
The move led to a rift between the studio and Nolan, who will release his films under the Universal label.