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Emily Blunt in Talks to Join Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Biopic

According to Deadline, Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt has entered negotiations to star opposite Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming biographical drama film Oppenheimer for Universal Pictures. Should the deal pushes through, Blunt would be playing the role of the wife of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the invention of the atomic bomb. This project would also mark the reunion between Blunt and Murphy, after previously co-starring in this year’s A Quiet Place Part II.

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Oppenheimer is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. The movie will begin production in early 2022 and is reportedly being shot on a combination IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film.

“The IMAX-shot epic thriller thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it,” reads the logline from the outlet.

J. Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics who became the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory. He is among those credited with being “the father of the atomic bomb” for their role in the Manhattan Project, which was the WWII undertaking resulting in the development of the first nuclear weapons. Oppenheimer is also infamously known as saying, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds,” quoting the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita following the successful detonation of the first atomic bomb on July 16, 1945.

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Oppenheimer is written and directed by Nolan, with Universal Pictures expected to distribute the feature theatrically worldwide. Emma Thomas and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Nolan will produce.

The film is currently scheduled for July 21, 2023, theatrical release.


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