Christopher Nolan, based on the development of the atomic bomb, has an ensemble cast that rivals any of the director’s previous blockbusters.
Oppenheimer is shaping up to be one of the biggest films of 2023, thanks to some long-time Nolan collaborators as well as some newcomers.
Who is in the cast of the Christopher Nolan film?
In a cast with multiple Oscar winners, it’s hard to project exactly how the stars will share the screen.
The lead role and select other characters are based on real people, while some roles remain unknown.
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
Longtime Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy is signed on to play the lead role of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the leader of the Manhattan Project.
Wired quoted the real-life Oppenheimer as saying, “A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent,” in response to the realization that they had created the largest and most deadly weapon known to man.
This is the second time Murphy and Nolan will work together in the depiction of events from World War II–Murphy played a distraught soldier stuck between shores in Nolan’s dramatization of the Dunkirk evacuation.
Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer
Emily Blunt, who starred alongside Murphy in A Quiet Place II, will also play a real person in Oppenheimer’s wife Katherine.
The two were directed by Blunt’s husband John Krasinski in the sequel that made roughly five times its budget at the box office.
Blunt’s next credit will come with the release of The English, a television series for BBC that will be available through Amazon Prime.
Matt Damon as Leslie Groves Jr
Matt Damon, 51, will make his second collaboration with Nolan after the massive success of Interstellar.
Damon’s last widely seen role was in a commercial for Crypto.com, which drew him the ire of some fans.
Damon will play Leslie Groves Jr, an Army engineer, and general who directed the creation of the Pentagon.
Robert Downey Jr as Lewis Strauss
As Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr played weapons technician and distributor Tony Stark.
In this film, he’ll play American bureaucrat Lewis Strauss, who used his authority on the United States Atomic Energy Commission to expound his jingoist tendencies.
Downey Jr’s last non-Marvel film Dolittle was an epic critical failure, therefore Oppenheimer could mean a significant deal to the actor.
Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock
Ever since starring in the lead in A24’s Midsommar, Florence Pugh has seen role after role with Little Women, Black Widow, and now, Oppenheimer.
She’ll play Jean Tatlock, a Communist Party member and former lover of Oppenheimer who he briefly continued to see after marrying Katherine.
Pugh was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Little Women alongside Timothee Chalamet.
Malek shot into stardom for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody after a series of notable but niched roles on television series.
The California native married his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton in 2018.
He starred opposite Daniel Craig as a James Bond villain in his last screen credit.
It’s unknown what his role will be in Oppenheimer.
Benny Safdie as Edward Teller
Normally starring in dynamic roles crafted by himself and his brother Josh, Benny Safdie is making his first appearance in a Nolan film.
Benny will play Edward Teller, a scientist who worked on the hydrogen bomb development at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In addition to co-writing and starring, Safdie edited and mixed the sound for the brothers’ breakthrough film Good Time and edited their pinnacle film Uncut Gems.
Hero of Nolan’s Dunkirk, Kenneth Branagh has been cast in an unknown role.
Branagh had a role in Nolan’s last film Tenet.
Branagh is currently sitting on three Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for the film Belfast.
The Australian star is set to join the cast in an unknown role.
Although he’s known to play the antagonist, Clarke is currently playing Los Angeles Lakers superstar Jerry West in HBO’s newest show Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty.
Josh Peck as Kenneth Bainbridge
The former Drake & Josh star will take on the role of Kenneth Bainbridge.
Bainbridge was one of the scientists involved with the Manhattan Project.
The movies Red Dawn, Battle of the Year, and The Wedding Ringer are also a part of Josh’s filmography.
Veteran movie star, Gary Oldman, will be appearing on set for one day of filming for one scene. Discussing his involvement in the movie, he stated: “one scene, a page and a half”.
Oldman has acted and produced several movies. He was the executive producer of movies such as The Contender, Plunkett & Macleane, and Nil by Mouth.
He also played the role of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and also starred as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
He played the role of a villain in movies such as Air Force One.
Alongside Murphy, Downey Jr, and Blunt the following actors are also among the motion picture’s cast roster:
Oppenheimer will be Nolan’s 12th feature directing credit.
The film is set to be released on July 21, 2023.
What is Christopher Nolan’s net worth?
Christopher Nolan garnered fame in the 2000s for directing a slew of blockbusters.
His credits include The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar, Inception, and Dunkirk.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nolan accumulated a fortune of an estimated $250million.
For his contribution to motion pictures, the acclaimed director is a multiple Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe awards.
What is Robert Downey Jr’s net worth?
Robert Downey Jr rose to prominence in the late 1980s for his roles across movies and television.
His string of films includes Weird Science, Less Than Zero, Johnny Be Good, and The Pick-Up Artist.
Celebrity Net Worth estimated the actor’s net worth to be $300million.
Downey Jr is a two-time Oscar nominee for his portrayals in Tropic Thunder and Chaplin.