Christopher Nolan's new film Oppenheimer has already started filming, starring Peaky Blinders lead star, Cillian Murphy in an infamous role as the Manhattan Project leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Murphy seems to be one of Nolan's favorite actors after playing multiple supporting roles from Nolan's previous projects that include The Dark Knight Trilogy, Dunkirk, and Inception. Murphy is now set to lead Nolan's film in Oppenheimer.
In an interview with The Guardian, Murphy reveals his preparations for the film. Murphy explained, “I prepped by doing an awful lot of reading, "I’m interested in the man and what [inventing the atomic bomb] does to the individual. The mechanics of it, that’s not really for me — I don’t have the intellectual capability to understand them, but these contradictory characters are fascinating.”
Murphy then compared Oppenheimer to his character as Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders. The actor said, “People identify with that, because we all walk around with these contradictory ideas coexisting in our heads.”
Murphy says he completely trusts the director and that the size of the role doesn't really interest him as long as it's a Christopher Nolan film.
“I’ll always turn up for Chris, whatever the size of the part, Chris will call me up and I’m there. Isn’t it wonderful that filmmakers are still making challenging, demanding films within the studio system, shot on film? I think he’s flying the flag. Him, Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino are fantastic filmmakers making interesting work on a massive scale.”
Nolan assembled a star-studded cast that will join Murphy in Oppenheimer. Murphy will be joined by well-known actors like Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, and Rami Malek.
Fans argued that this film securely leads Murphy to win an Oscar award as the first look for Murphy's Oppenheimer portrayal surfaces online. Universal Pictures will distribute Oppenheimer as one of the highly anticipated films of Christopher Nolan and is scheduled to release next year, 2023.