Florence Pugh (Black widow, Midsummer), Rami Malek (No time to die, Bohemian Rhapsody) and actor and filmmaker Benny Safdie (Liquorice pizza, Good time) are the latest additions to the cast of Christopher Nolan’s new film Oppenheimer, sources have confirmed to Deadline.
While Universal declined to comment, Pugh, Malek and Safdie will join a cast led by Cillian Murphy that also includes Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr and Emily Blunt.
The film written and directed by Nolan will tell the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Murphy), the scientist behind the Manhattan Project, which led to the invention of the atomic bomb. The film is scheduled to open on July 21, 2023, occupying a space that Nolan has reserved for his films in the past.
Pugh will play Jean Tatlock, a member of the Communist Party of America who had an affair with Oppenheimer, while Safdie will play Hungarian physicist Edward Teller, who was involved in the Manhattan Project and is known as the father of the hydrogen bomb. We hear that Malek will be playing another scientist, but no details have been revealed.
Nolan’s Latest 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. He is producing the movie for the store alongside Emma Thomas and Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment.
Deadline was the first to announce that Oppenheimer It would be Nolan’s next film, also with the news that Universal secured the rights to the project after a heated bidding war. Deadline also indicated for the first time that Murphy would play a key role in the project, breaking the castings of Damon, Downey and Blunt.