Among the new cast additions to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer are Rami Malek (No Time to Die, Bohemian Rhapsody), Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Midsommar) and actor-filmmaker Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, Good Time). According to Deadline, sources confirmed the report.
Although Universal declined to comment, Pugh, Malek and Safdie will join Cillian Murphy and Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt in the cast.
Nolan’s film will tell the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Murphy), the scientist behind the Manhattan Project, which led to the invention of the atomic bomb. The film will be released on July 21, 2023, a date Nolan has reserved for his next movie.
Benny Safdie will portray Hungarian physicist Edward Teller, one of the founding members of the Manhattan Project and the father of the hydrogen bomb, who was involved with the Manhattan Project. Florence Pugh will play Jean Tatlock, a member of the Communist Party of the United States who had an affair with Oppenheimer. It has been reported that Rami Malek will be playing another scientist, but no details have been shared.
The film will star Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer, Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission who questioned Oppenheimer’s loyalty to the US. The role of Lt. General Leslie Groves, director of the Manhattan Project that created the bombs, will be portrayed by Matt Damon.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin, “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” will be released on July 21, 2023.