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Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon Join Movie "Oppenheimer"


Tue 02 Nov 2021 | 10:26 PM
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Hollywood stars Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon recently joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II movie “Oppenheimer".

The movie features Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Emily Blunt as his wife Katherine. Oppenheimer, a physicist who was integral to the Manhattan Project, is known as the father of the atomic bomb.

Despite plot details being kept under wraps but the story is expected to dramatize the creation of the nuclear weapon.

Universal Pictures will produce the $100 million movie, after winning the rights in a feverish bidding war with the likes of Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros had released nearly every Nolan movie but their relationship grew strained after the filmmaker criticized the studio’s decision to release its entire 2021 slate simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max as a concession to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Oppenheimer”, like previous Nolan movies such as “Dunkirk” and “The Dark Knight”, will be filmed with IMAX cameras.

Universal Pictures is also set to distribute “Oppenheimer” theatrically worldwide as well as release it in the North American theaters on July 21, 2023.

The movie is penned by Nolan and co-produced alongside Emma Thomas and Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment.

“Oppenheimer” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

Production will begin in early 2022.

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Downey Jr. recently bid farewell to his role as Iron Man in Disney and Marvel’s superhero smash “Avengers: Endgame,” which broke nearly every box office record in history.

He followed up the biggest blockbuster of his career with Universal’s family-friendly adventure “Dolittle”.

Damon’s latest movie roles were in Tom McCarthy’s crime drama “Stillwater” and Ridley Scott’s period drama “The Last Duel”, which he co-wrote with Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener.