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Cillian Murphy Was Eager to Take on Lead Role in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, Oppenheimer, will feature Cillian Murphy in the lead role of J. Robert Oppenheimer, marking a significant career move for the actor. Murphy has worked with Nolan on several previous films, but this is the first time he will take on the lead role. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The plot centers around Oppenheimer, an enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world to save it, and promises to be a pulse-pounding paradox. The ensemble cast for the movie is star-studded, featuring Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, and many others.


Murphy has always been willing to work with Nolan, regardless of the size of the role, and has expressed this sentiment both publicly and privately to Nolan. During an interview with The Associated Press, Murphy spoke positively about Nolan, describing him as understated and self-deprecating. He also expressed his excitement about being offered the lead role in Oppenheimer, a role that he had secretly been desperate to play.

“He’s so understated and self-deprecating and, in his very English manner, just said, ‘Listen, I’ve written this script, it’s about Oppenheimer. I’d like you to be my Oppenheimer.’ It was a great day. I have always said publicly and privately, to Chris, that if I’m available and you want me to be in a movie, I’m there. I don’t really care about the size of the part. But deep down, secretly, I was desperate to play a lead for him.”

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Christopher Nolan’s Biopic Oppenheimer to Clock in at Three Hours

Christopher Nolan is known for favoring lengthy runtimes in his movies, and Oppenheimer is no exception. Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon has confirmed that the upcoming biographical film will be a lengthy one, with a runtime of three hours. Damon spoke to Variety about the film and was full of praise for the lead star Cillian Murphy, describing him as phenomenal and everything one would want him to be. Despite its long runtime, Damon claimed that the film is “fantastic” and goes by quickly.

“It’s three hours. It’s fantastic. Cillian is phenomenal. He’s everything you would want him to be. I think it’s almost three hours. It goes so fast, it’s great.”

Nolan has directed blockbuster films such as The Dark Knight, Inception, and Tenet, and is highly regarded for his cinematic skills. With Oppenheimer, Nolan is taking on a real-life historical figure, and the film is expected to be a sweeping and engrossing biopic. It tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, and promises to give the story the time it so richly deserves. With Nolan, who is both writing and directing the film, there is no doubt that Oppenheimer will be a visually stunning and cinematically ambitious masterpiece.

Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2023.

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