Earlier in October, it was announced that Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt would be starring in the brand new Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimer, scheduled for a 2023 release.
We knew that the film would be telling the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb, but no other cast members were announced, until today.
Today, two new actors have been confirmed to star in the project – Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon, two instantly recognizable names.
Universal is calling the movie an “epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”
Murphy is slated to be portraying the titular scientist whereas Blunt will portray his wife Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer. Reportedly, Damon will be portraying Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves – the director of the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bomb.
Downey will play Lewis Strauss, the infamous Atomic Energy Commissioner who initiated hearings that questioned Oppenheimer’s loyalty to the United States and infamously had the scientist’s security revoked.
Nolan will be writing the script for the movie as well as directing.
Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2023.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter