Acclaimed director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, Oppenheimer, has added three new cast members. Joining the project are Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, and Benny Safdie. The trio joins the previously announced Robert Downey, Jr., Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, and Matt Damon. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.
Pugh will play Jean Tatlock, a member of the Communist Party of the United States. She has a back and forth affair with Oppenheimer, and created major security concerns. Safdie portrays Edward Teller, a Hungarian physicist. He’s known as the father of the hydrogen bomb and is a member of the Manhattan Project. Malek will play a currently nameless scientist.
The World War II era Oppenheimer tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Murphy), who helped develop the atomic bomb. Blunt plays Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine. Damon plays director of the Manhattan Project Lieutenant General Leslie Groves. Downey will play Lewis Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Christopher Nolan writes and directs the project. Emma Thomas produces alongside Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven. The film is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Currently, Universal has set a release date of July 21, 2023. Stay tuned for more updates on Oppenheimer.