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Universal Pictures has released a countdown teaser trailer for Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film about the “father of the atomic bomb.”

The movie stars Cillian Murphy as the titular physicist, who can be seen briefly in the new teaser trailer in two shots, including one where he’s wearing a hat and surrounded by photographers. Murphy is no stranger to Nolan, having worked with the director in past projects that include the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception.

Nolan was inspired to direct Oppenheimer after reading American Prometheus, a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer authored by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The synopsis that Amazon has shared for American Prometheus is as follows:

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer’s life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War. This is biography and history at its finest, riveting and deeply informative.

Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer teaser was preceded by a fiery poster that the studio revealed last week, one that can also confirm its release date. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on July 21, 2023.

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Nolan’s last film was Tenet, a time-bending action thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson. The movie released in September 2020 and earned less than $60 million at the U.S. box office, a disappointing figure that Warner Bros. eventually blamed on reasons that included coronavirus.

Oppenheimer is notable for being Nolan’s first non-Warner Bros. film since 2002’s Insomnia. Nolan decided to part ways from Warner after the studio opted to release its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max at the same time as in theaters, something that prompted the director to call it “the worst streaming service.”

Source: Universal Studios

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