In September 2021, it was announced that our favorite director Christopher Nolan will write and direct a film about J. Robert Oppenheimer set during World War II. We are happy to announce that the film will star Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy in the title role, which brought Nolan and Murphy together once again after they collaborated in five films, namely The Dark Knight Trilogy, Dunkirk and Inception.
Also, we finally got a release date and teaser for the Cillian Murphy movie recently. The upcoming film will hit theaters on July 21, 2023. Yes, we know that it feels like hell that we to wait for another year, but luckily, the things we know about Oppenheimer movie is increasing day by day. In this article, we’ll fill you in on everything we know about Oppenheimer so far. Without further ado, let’s get right to the point.
What is Oppenheimer Movie Based on?
The Oppenheimer movie is based on a biography about J. Robert Oppenheimer written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, titled American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The film will revolve around the American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who has been called the “father of the atomic bomb” because of his role in the Manhattan Project. He was one of those who observed the Trinity test in New Mexico in July 1945. A month later, nuclear weapons were used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Will Einstein Be in Oppenheimer Movie?
According to the announced cast, Einsten won’t be in the Oppenheimer movie. As mentioned above, Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy will portray Robert Oppenheimer. Other actors in the film are:
Emily Blunt as Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer
Matt Damon as Leslie Groves
Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss
Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock
Benny Safdie as Edward Teller
Josh Hartnett as Ernest Lawrence
Michael Angarano as Robert Serber
Other big names such as Kennett Branagh, Casey Affleck, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and many others also appear to be part of the ensemble cast of the movie.
Also read: Peaky Blinders Movie Release Date, Trailer
Is Oppenheimer Black and White Movie?
Yes, most of the scenes in the movie was shot in black and white. Director Christopher Nolan used a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film. Also, the film is the first film to shoot sections in IMAX black and white analog photography. However, in the teaser you can see that the bombing scenes are in color. So Nolan used both techniques to enhance the impact of the narrative. We believe that the black and white effect supports the image of bleak and gloomy atmosphere of wartime that should be shown in the film.
Besides, black and white can also represent the stability, while the colorful scenes represent the dynamism, because the bombing scenes are in color. As it’s said in the teaser of the film, “The world forever changes” after the atomic bomb. This could be the reason why the bombing scenes are in color and the rest of the movie is in black and white.
Watch the live stream of Oppenheimer‘s trailer here:
Did Oppenheimer Regret Making The Atomic Bomb?
It’s a controversial and difficult question to answer: did Oppenheimer regret making the atomic bomb? In an interview about his reaction to the Trinity Test he said, “I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'” Clearly, he was aware of the power of atomic energy and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.
The father of the atomic bomb seemed to have no remorse about the use of the atomic bomb in World War II, believing that the bomb was morally justified. Nevertheless, he feared the destruction that the atomic bomb might bring to future generations. He was aware of his responsibility for what the atomic bomb could do to the world and he hoped that nuclear power could be used for peaceful purposes.
In summary, we can say that the physicist was aware of the potential of his invention, but didn’t regret that he’d used it during the World War II.