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Cillian Murphy finally gets to play a lead for Christopher Nolan in Oppenheimer
Photo: © ANP

Cillian Murphy finally gets to play a lead for Christopher Nolan in Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy finally gets to play a lead for Christopher Nolan in Oppenheimer
Photo: © ANP

Cillian Murphy has always been one of Christopher Nolan's go-to actors when working on a new project.

The pair have collaborated on a few projects previously including Batman Begins and Inception. Now, though, Murphy will finally play the lead in a Nolan movie in the upcoming epic, Oppenheimer.

The movie tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and how he contributed to the creation of the atomic bomb.

Nolan has put together an all-star cast which includes Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Gary Oldman, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett and Kenneth Branagh.

Though Murphy is finally leading a Nolan movie, he says he would take any part, big or small, if it meant working with the director.

“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,” Murphy told Yahoo.

“We have this long-standing understanding and trust and shorthand and respect. It felt like the right time to take on a bigger responsibility. And it just so happened that it was a huge one…Any actor would want to be on a Chris Nolan set, just to see how it works and to witness his command of the language of film and the mechanics of film and how he’s able to use that broad canvas within the mainstream studio system to make these very challenging human stories.

"I’m really proud of the movie and I’m really proud of what Chris has achieved. This was, for sure, a special one”.

Oppenheimer will be released on 21 July 2023.

Oppenheimer trailer

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