Matthew Modine is added to the cast of the Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s first film for Universal Pictures. He will join already impressive cast of Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Cillian Murphy, Josh Hartnett, and recently announced Jack Quaid (The Boys ) and Dane DeHaan (Lisey’s Story).
Oppenheimer is based on American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist who was the head of the Los Alamos Laboratory and is considered the father of the atomic bomb will be played by Cillian Murphy. In the interview for The Guardian, Murphy revealed he is doing “an awful lot of reading” to prepare for the role of the scientist and is honored to be invited to the project. He adds that he will “always turn up for Chris, whatever the size of the part”.
Modine has already worked with Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises, where he played Peter Foley. Some of the other Modine’s more prominent roles are in Full Metal Jacket, Vision Quest, Weeds and Stranger Things.
It has also been reported that Nolan’s deal with Universal includes him having a complete control of the film, with $100 million budget, 20 percent of the first-dollar gross, a guaranteed theatrical window of 100 days, and a “blackout period” in which studio will not release any other movies three weeks before and after Oppenheimer‘s release.
Oppenheimer is expected to release in cinemas next July.