Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Set for Summer 2023, Cillian Murphy Confirmed To Star

With Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. ending their long association after the “failure” of Tenet, the sought-after director took his talents to Universal. And they aren’t wasting any time dating his upcoming film, Oppenheimer, setting it to open on July 21st 2023.

And you can bet the house that Oppenheimer will open in theaters, not some streaming/theatrical hybrid release or whatever. It was WB’s decision to do that without talking to filmmakers first, that helped push him out the door.

As part of this news, Cillian Murphy has also been confirmed to star as Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist crucial to the development of the atom bomb as part of the secret “Manhattan Project.” Oppenheimer’s later opposition to nuclear proliferation and a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union helped lead to his being ostracized.

That’s his real-life, though. Universal hypes up the story to describe Oppenheimer as an  “epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”

So yeah, Nolan gets to play around with a lot of big sounds and gigantic explosions. Sounds about right.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.