Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer: “I was mostly interested in the man”

The Irish actor talks about his role in the upcoming Nolan…

To become Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy didn’t learn physics or how to make an atomic bomb. The British actor instead focused on the man, the individual behind the scientist:

“I prepared myself by doing a lot of reading”, Murphy tells the Guardiandiscussing his role in the next film of Christopher Nolan, which has just started filming. “I’m interested in the man and what the invention of the atomic bomb did to that individual. Mechanics, science as such, is not really for me. I don’t have the intellectual capacity to understand all that. But these contradictory characters are fascinating.”

The scenario of Oppenheimer will be based on the biography of Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimerthan Cillian Murphy obviously read, before joining Nolan for their sixth collaboration, after the films Batman, Dunkirk and Inception.

I will always answer for Chris, whatever the size of the role he offers me. Chris calls me and I say yes. That’s all. Isn’t it wonderful that some filmmakers are still making difficult and demanding studio films shot on film? I believe he is the standard bearer for that. Him, and Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. They are three fantastic filmmakers who are able to do interesting, large-scale work.”

Everything we know about Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s next film

Oppenheimer will be filmed in several locations in the United States, including New Mexico, California and New Jersey. It is a sprawling production, with a budget of 100 million dollars, which will bring together a very beautiful cast: Emily Blunt will be the biologist Kitty Oppenheimer, Matt Damon will be General Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan project, and Robert Downey, Jr. will play Lewis Strauss, founding commissioner of the US Atomic Energy Commission. Florence Pugh will play psychiatrist Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie will play physicist Edward Teller, and Josh Hartnett will play nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence. The rest of the cast will include Rami Malek, Dane DeHaan, Dylan Arnold, David Krumholtz, Alden Ehrenreich and Matthew Modine.

Moreover, the cast has just been enriched with the arrival of Kenneth Branagh. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker for Belfast will put on his acting hat for Christopher Nolan, with whom he had already collaborated for Dunkirk and tenet. It is not yet known what role he will play.

Oppenheimer will be released in July 2023 worldwide.

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