“Oppenheimer’s story is one of the most dramatic I know, and there are many, many things about it that make it so interesting,” Nolan told Reuters in an interview with Murphy.
Christopher Nolan, a well-known film director, is making a new big movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer. The movie takes place during World War II, when Oppenheimer was in charge of making the atomic bomb.
Based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s 2005 book American Prometheus, Nolan’s biological thriller Oppenheimer has a great cast, including Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, and Cillian Murphy in the title part as “the father of the atomic bomb.”
“I just thought, ‘What a great dramatic event it would be to take the audience there, to be in that room with these people as they had to make these terrible decisions that have shaped the world we live in now.'”
Oppenheimer was in charge of the secret Los Alamos Laboratory, which was set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb.
He was in charge of the first atomic bomb test, which was called “Trinity” and took place in the New Mexico desert before the bombs were used to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“There is so much information out there about Oppenheimer… Murphy, who has worked with Nolan before, said, “As an actor, my job is to try to find the character’s humanity, emotion, complexity, and morality.”
“So I didn’t spend too much time on the physics. I did a little, but I was really after the man.”
In films like “Inception,” “Tenet,” and one of the Batman movies, Nolan is known for his complex stories and visual style.
Downey Jr. said, “‘Oppenheimer’s story is kind of a mix of every Chris Nolan movie ever made. All of them have been leading up to a statement as deep as this, but it’s still fun to watch.”
“It was crazy to be a part of shooting it, and it was even crazier to watch it.”