Oppenheimer Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s Atomic Bomb Movie Explodes
The first official trailer for “Oppenheimer” debuts exclusively in theaters. The brief teaser is attached to screenings of Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” which makes sense since both films are backed by Universal Pictures. “No” screenings began as early as 4:30 p.m. ET in New York City on Thursday, July 21.
Nolan made a similar theatrical release in August 2019 only for the “Tenet” teaser, which played ahead of screenings of “Hobbs & Shaw.” The first “Tenet” teaser was never released online. It’s unclear if Universal will release this “Oppenheimer” teaser online.
“Oppenheimer” stars longtime Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy as theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Manhattan Project and “father of the atomic bomb.”
“The world is changing, reforming itself. It’s your time,” says Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine, at the start of the teaser. A countdown appears on the screen: “11 months, 24 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes”. Nolan loves a ticking structure, and it looks like he’s embracing one again as the film counts down to the day when “the world changes forever,” as the film’s tagline reads on the poster. and in the teaser.
The character of Robert Downey Jr is heard when the title appears on screen. He says, referring to Oppenheimer, “The man who stirred the earth.” Images of fire and smoke are intercut with black and white shots of Murphy as Oppenheimer.
Nolan has assembled an all-star cast for “Oppenheimer.” Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, David Krumholtz, Michael Angarano and Kenneth Branagh join Murphy, Blunt and Downey Jr.
“Oppenheimer” finds Murphy in the lead role in a Nolan-directed film for the first time after supporting “Batman Begins,” “Inception,” “Dunkirk” and more. The actor skipped the minute details of the science of the atomic bomb while preparing to play Oppenheimer.
“[I prepped by doing] loads of reading,” Murphy said earlier this year. “I am interested in the man and in what [inventing the atomic bomb] made to the individual. The mechanics aren’t really for me – I don’t have the intellectual capacity to understand them, but these contradictory characters are fascinating.
Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema also joins Nolan for “Oppenheimer,” which won acclaim for shooting the director’s “Interstellar,” “Dunkirk,” and “Tenet.” Hoytema is currently acclaimed for his work on Peele’s “Nope.” “Tenet” editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson are also back for Nolan’s new film.
Notably, “Oppenheimer” marks Nolan’s directorial debut at Universal Pictures. The director previously called Warner Bros. his exclusive home for over a decade. Nolan has partnered on every film with Warner Bros. since 2002’s “Insomnia,” including his billion-dollar Batman trilogy. Nolan and Warner Bros. reportedly argued over the wobbly pandemic release of “Tenet.”
“Oppenheimer” hits theaters on July 21, 2023.
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