Deadline has learned that two A-list actors, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon, have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s new Oppenheimer film. The movie centers around J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who ran the Manhattan Project during World War II to create the first nuclear weapons. The film is slated for release on July 21, 2023.
[That’s] roughly two weeks before the anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. Details behind who Damon and Downey Jr. will be playing in the project are being kept under wraps. […]
Universal will distribute Oppenheimer theatrically worldwide and release the film in North America. Nolan will also be producing along with Emma Thomas and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.
Playing Oppenheimer is Cillian Murphy, an actor who has had roles in a handful of previous Nolan films such as the Batman trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk. A comparison shot shared by Deadline suggests that Murphy will provide an excellent and faithful portrayal of the scientist.