Deadline reports that Cillian Murphy has signed on to reunite with director Christopher Nolan on his next movie, a World War II drama.

It’s reported that the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception will be focusing on another seismic moment in World War II, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atom bomb.


Nolan’s long-time collaborator Murphy is set to star and that –

“the project has the sweep of Nolan’s last historical epic Dunkirk, looking at WWII from the development of the atomic bombs that ended the war with Japan. So there will clearly be many big star parts.”

Nolan and his team are reportedly in talks with several studios outside of his long-term home of Warner Bros., including the likes of Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures.

This is likely due to WarnerMedia’s decision last December to send all its 2021 titles day-and-date to cinemas and HBO Max.

Nolan was one of many filmmakers unhappy with the move, calling HBO Max –

“the worst streaming service”

Nolan’s last project was the sci-fi thriller Tenet starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, which suffered at the box office by releasing in August 2020 amid the pandemic.

The film, however, did still gross $363 million globally, which at the time was the highest since the pandemic began.

Despite the director’s aversion to streaming platforms, Netflix film chief Scott Stuber confirmed earlier this year he’d been in talks with Nolan to pick up his next project.


No word on a release date for Nolan’s WWII J. Robert Oppenheimer movie, though anything before 2023 seems unlikely at this point.

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