“Oppenheimer” Trailer Promises One Wild, Explosive Ride

Cillian Murphy in
Cillian Murphy in "Oppenheimer"

Christopher Nolan is no stranger to World War II movies and his next will be the most explosive one yet. The first trailer for Oppenheimer is here and it shows Cillian Murphy transform into the titular scientist, often hailed as “the father of the atomic bomb”.

Oppenheimer is based on the book American Prometheus, written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, and it chronicles J. Robert Oppenheimer’s time as the director of the Manhattan Project. This research project operated during World War II, developing the first nuclear weapons, including the most destructive of them all: the atomic bomb.

In the trailer’s reflective voiceover, we hear Oppenheimer wonder what effect their discoveries could have on the rest of the world, “We imagine a future and our imaginings horrify. They would fear it until they understand it, and they won’t understand it until they’ve used it.”

In addition to Murphy in the titular role, Oppenheimer will also star e Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, and Kenneth Branagh.

The film will be released on July 21, 2023, by Universal Pictures, marking Nolan’s first film not distributed by Warner Bros. after he broke ties with the studio for the first time in two decades.