Christopher Nolan is the kind of filmmaker whose movies are always widely anticipated, even before we have any idea what they are about. I still remember Tenet’s case, people were anticipating that movie before the official title, let alone the synopsis, was revealed.
After one more mind-f**k sci-fi movie, Nolan is going back to World War 2, but no, no in the Dunkirk kind of way. This time, Nolan is preparing a biopic about the father of the atom bomb — J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist who had one of the most crucial roles in the Manhattan Project, as history is teaching us.
Last year it was confirmed that Cillian Murphy, who already worked with Nolan on The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, will play the titular role in Nolan’s upcoming biopic. This is the sixth Nolan’s movie in which Murphy is acting, but the first one in which he has a lead role. Nolan is assembling an all-star cast, which also includes Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Dane DeHaan, Rami Malek, and now, as The Hollywood Reporter has learned recently, Jack Quaid.
Quaid made his acting debut thanks to the minor role in The Hunger Games, and in 2019, he became widely known for the role of Hughie Campbell in Amazon’s series The Boys, which is set to release Season 3 next June. Recently Quaid starred in the latest installment of the Scream franchise, and working with a director like Nolan means that his career is going nowhere but forward.
After he severed ties with WB due to his disagreement about releasing movies on streaming services (although his Tenet wasn’t affected by that), Nolan’s Oppenheimer will be distributed by Universal Pictures, with the release date set on July 21, 2023.