‘Oppenheimer’: Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, And Benny Safdie Join Star-Studded Cast Of Christopher Nolan’s Atom Bomb Drama

Every Christopher Nolan is a big deal, and all but guaranteed to be a blockbuster. He probably doesn’t need to have an A-list cast anymore at this point, but that’s not stopping him from gathering one for his next film, Oppenheimer. With Cillian Murphy in the title role, joined by Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon, Nolan has now added Oscar winner Rami Malek, Black Widow star Florence Pugh, and Uncut Gems actor/director Benny Safdie.


Oppenheimer centers on theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was integral to the creation of the atomic bomb. On paper this doesn’t sound like your typical Nolan blockbuster flick, but more like a drama. So putting together an ensemble this awesome could mean something different than it would for say Tenet or Dunkirk.

THR says “Pugh will play Jean Tatlock, a member of the Communist Party of the United States who has an off-and-on affair with Oppenheimer and was the cause of major security concerns for government officials. Safdie will play Edward Teller, the Hungarian physicist who is known as the father of the hydrogen bomb and a member of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. research initiative that developed the first atomic bomb. Malek is playing a scientist.”

Oppenheimer opens in theaters on July 21st 2023.

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