With Christopher Nolan now deep in post-production on Oppenheimer – his next slice of cerebral blockbuster cinema – we have a new one-sheet poster (see below) to tease what the Tenet, Inception and The Dark Knight director has in store for us when the long-awaited film hits cinemas on July 20 next year.
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Telling the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and the role he played in the creation of the atomic bomb, the film boasts a cast that could be one for the ages, headlined by Cillian Murphy. Having hung up Tommy Shelby’s cap for the final time, Murphy will portray Oppenheimer, who was the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, a secret operation established with the purpose of developing the first atomic weapons.
Murphy will be joined by Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and Florence Pugh, and those are only the cast members the film studio chose to stick on the suitably apocalyptic poster. Nolan has pulled together such an embarrassment of acting riches that the likes of Gary Oldman, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett and Kenneth Branagh don’t even merit a mention.
The poster leaves us in little doubt as to the gravity of the film’s subject matter, showing Murphy in silhouette as he’s engulfed by an enormous fireball. Subtle it ain’t. The tagline “The world forever changes” is similarly melodramatic, but then Nolan’s never been known for his light comedic touch.
Perhaps most interesting are the words “Shot with IMAX cameras” at the bottom of the poster. Nolan has long been an advocate for IMAX and the impact its immersive scale can have on a cinema audience. We’re willing to bet he’ll be using that same method in his new film to more effectively depict the terrifying scale of the destruction Oppenheimer and his team unleashed upon the world.
With a full year to go until Oppenheimer lands in cinemas, the new one-sheet poster below has ensured the wait will be just a touch more agonising. While we wait, check out the 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century, featuring Nolan’s Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Prestige. Time will tell if Oppenheimer joins their number.