Christopher Nolan is reportedly zeroing in on the female lead for his new WWII film Oppenheimer, which focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer’s creation of the atomic bomb that was unleashed upon Japan. Irish actor Cillian Murphy (Inception, Dunkirk, The Dark Knight Trilogy) is playing Oppenheimer.
Deadline reports that actress Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Looper, Sicario) is now in talks to play Kitty Oppenheimer, the wife of Murphy’s character.
Blunt and Murphy recently co-starred together in the sci-fi horror flick A Quiet Place Part II.
J. Robert Oppenheimer’s development of the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project ultimately led to the surrender of the Japanese after two atomic bombs were unleashed upon the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the U.S. military, killing countless civilians in an instant and even more than that slowly/painfully over time.
I’m extremely curious if Christopher Nolan will attempt to document the Pacific War and the Japanese side of the story along with the civilians that were essentially erased from the planet as part of a power move by the United States to end the bloody South Pacific campaign with an extreme show of force before having to invade the mainland of Japan. It was one of the darkest moments in human history.
Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will reunite with Nolan after working on, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Tenet along with Oscar-winning Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson (Tenet, Black Panther, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) joining the film too.
The project recently found a home at Universal Pictures (after a bidding war) with production said to begin in early 2022 and the studio recently committed to a 100-day theatrical release.