Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon have each signed to feature in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming WWII film Oppenheimer.


The pair will co-star alongside Nolan’s longstanding collaborator Cillian Murphy for the film, a biopic of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was known as one of the fathers of the atom bomb.

Murphy will star in the film as Oppenheimer.

According to IMDb, Downey Jr. will be playing former United States Secretary of Commerce Lewis Strauss, and Damon will play Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, who oversaw the development of the atomic bomb.

In October, Emily Blunt was also announced to be joining the film and will play the physicist’s wife Katherine.

Nolan will adapt the script from Kai Bird and Martin J. The screenplay of the film is adapted from Sherwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer will be Nolan’s first film with Universal after splitting from his longstanding studio Warner Bros.

Oppenheimer marks the latest collaboration a Murphy and Nolan, having previously teamed up on Dunkirk, Inception and Batman Begins.

Just about every film by Nolan since 2002’s Insomnia has been released with Warner Bros. Their partnership included The Dark Knight trilogy, Dunkirk, Inception and Tenet, while Warner Bros handled the international release of The Prestige and Interstellar.


Nolan’s decision to switch to Universal comes after the director criticised Warner Bros. over their plans to release their 2021 film slate simultaneously on streaming service HBO Max.

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