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Robert Downey Jr. & Matt Damon join Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer movie cast

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Whenever Christopher Nolan starts working on a project, sci-fi nerds and film enthusiasts have their excitements raised to another level. This time, Nolan’s upcoming biopic film is Oppenheimer, on the infamous father of the atomic bomb – J. Robert Oppenheimer. Now, the movie is beginning to take even greater shape as after Cillian Murphy, the director has also cast Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon in his movie.

Related: Cillian Murphy starring in Christopher Nolan’s movie as Atomic Bomb Scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer

What is Oppenheimer going to be about?

The subject of this Christopher Nolan epic is going to be J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head scientist of the Manhattan Project which created the first atom bomb. The movie will be an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Even though Robert Downey Jr. has never worked for Nolan, the movie has a lot of familiar names whom the director is familiar with. Most notably, Cillian Murphy will be playing the role of the infamous scientist.

Oppenheimer’s life is quite a complicated one, as soon after he realized the destructive power he had bestowed on mankind through science. He famously said once in an interview, relating to a line from the Bhagwat Gita, saying:

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.

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Robert Downey Jr. begins post MCU life with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr. & Matt Damon Join Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer Movie Cast
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This is the first time that Robert Downey Jr. will be in one of Nolan’s films. Previosuly, Damon has worked in Interstellar as well, with Murphy also working with the director in Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy. However, it is also important to note that this is the first notable film that Downey Jr. is doing outside of the MCU. The last time he did a notable project outside of Marvel was Dolittle. But, the Iron Man actor has quite a lot of movies under his belt which show he is perfectly capable of enjoying an illustrious career even after snapping Thanos and himself out of existence. Movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zodiac, Tropic Thunder, etc are just a few of his great works.

Although Robert Downey Jr’s casting is confirmed, there are rumors of some other high-profile names as well. These include Emily Blunt, who is rumored to play Katherine Vissering Oppenheimer, the wife of the creator of the atomic bomb. Oppenheimer will hit the theatres on July 21, 2023, that too in IMAX.

Related: Christopher Nolan leaves Warner Bros. after two decades and joins Universal

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