Filming on Christopher Nolan’s next movie has begun, as his WWII drama Oppenheimer will focus on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb for the U.S. military that was unleashed on Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing thousands and in the process ending the war.
The high-profile project has added even more interesting names.
The latest additions to the call-sheet include Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Quaid, and David Krumholtz.
They join a stacked cast that already consists of Cillian Murphy playing the titular Oppenheimer alongside Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Dane DeHaan, Dylan Arnold, and Matthew Modine.
It’ll be interesting to see 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.
However, hiring a mostly all-white group of actors would suggest they’ll only be coming from allies’ perspective of the war.
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) being part of the crew.
Universal Pictures will release Oppenheimer on July 21, 2023.