Oppenheimer: Cillian Murphy talks about his first “huge” role with Christopher Nolan

“When you’re working with one of the best filmmakers alive, you’re in good hands.”

We have known for a few months now that the next film by Christopher Nolan will be a biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the scientists who helped build the atomic bomb. This will be embodied by Cillian Murphywho has already worked several times under the direction of the director (for his trilogy Batman, Inception and Dunkirk), but who will hold the leading role for the first time. “It’s huge, it’s a lot of work, confirms the interested party in Esquire. But in my opinion, when you’re working with one of the best filmmakers alive, you’re in good hands.”

Cillian Murphy to star in new Christopher Nolan as Robert Oppenheimer

Asked in more detail about this project, the leading actor of Peaky Blinders refuses to say too much about this big budget film produced by Universal, but admits all the same that this biopic will not resemble Nolan’s previous achievements: “The difference is that this time everyone knows what happened. Finally, Chris will tell the story in another way, as you would expect from him. That’s all I can say. I’ll stop there, otherwise they’ll kill me. They’re very strict! Anyway, there’s a lot of material on the subject, and I’m going to read it all. I’ll never understand how physics works. , no matter how hard I try or who tries to teach me. There is really only 0.0001% of the population of the planet who is intelligent enough to understand all this. However, I am starting to to see, conceptually, what these people were trying to do. It’s both huge and terrifying. But if I found it easy, I wouldn’t be interested. When I start to feel too nervous, anxious, I tell me stop. ‘Forget that ! You’ve been doing this job for 25 years and you’ve been there before. So keep going.’

Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Rami Malek and Josh Hartnett complete the cast ofOppenheimer. Before shooting this film, Cillian Murphy will return in season 6 of Peaky Blinders in spring.

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