Oppenheimer’s first teaser shown ahead of Nope
Oppenheimer’s first teaser from Christopher Nolan will debut exclusively in theaters.
The upcoming biopic stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist often considered the “father of the atomic bomb.”
The brief teaser will be attached to Jordan Peele’s new sci-fi horror film Nope – a move that makes more sense considering both are distributed by Universal Pictures.
Nolan’s latest film, Tenet, also pushed its first theatrical-exclusive trailer, attached to the Fast & Furious, Hobbs and Shaw spinoff. The first trailer for Tenet was subsequently never released online. It is believed that Oppenheimer will follow this pattern.
“The world is changing, reforming itself,” says Emily Blunt as Katherine, Oppenheimer’s wife, according to Variety. “Now is your time.” A countdown then begins: “11 months, 24 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes”.
It’s presumably a countdown to the day ‘the world changes forever’ – the launch of the very first nuclear weapon by the United States at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945. Codenamed Trinity, this test was d an implosion design nuclear device, dubbed “The Gadget”…the same design as the Fat Man that ultimately exploded over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
As the film’s title appears onscreen, Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey Jr.) can be heard saying, “The Man Who Moved the Earth,” which is presumably a reference to Oppenheimer himself. Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) is then seen onscreen, briefly, as images of fire and smoke are intercut with black and white images of the man himself.
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It sure sounds like a suitably haunting tease… and we can’t wait to see it on the big screen.
Whether or not it will get an online version remains to be seen.
Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer alongside an all-star cast including Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Matthew Modine, David Dastmalchian and Jack Quaid.
Christopher Nolan wrote and directed the film based on the book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
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