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The film charts J Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atom bomb

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Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy is in talks after being approached for the new Christopher Nolan movie (Ian West/PA)

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy is in talks after being approached for the new Christopher Nolan movie (Ian West/PA)

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy is in talks after being approached for the new Christopher Nolan movie (Ian West/PA)

Cillian Murphy is in talks to star in a new WW2 drama from director Christopher Nolan, it has been revealed.

The Irish actor has been approached to star in Nolan’s forthcoming feature film about J Robert Oppenheimer’s role in the development of the atom bomb during WW2.

The bombs were dropped by US forces on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6th and 9th of August 1945, killing hundreds of thousands of people and effectively bringing the six-year conflict to an end.

Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist, was known as the “father of the atomic bomb” and was one of a core group involved in its development.

Hollywood film publication Deadline confirmed the movie, adding that the Cork-born actor “might be involved”. Negotiations are ongoing with cast members, while the English director is talking to several major studios about the movie, which is in the early stages of planning.

Cillian has worked with Nolan on four different movies, including his last wartime drama Dunkirk, which told the story of the Dunkirk evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers in 1940. The film was told through the perspectives of Allies by sea, land and air.

He also played villain The Scarecrow in two of Nolan’s trilogy of The Dark Knight/Batman films, as well as sci-fi thriller Inception.

In recent years much of Cillian’s work has been on the small screen as period crime drama Peaky Blinders - in which he played the fearsome crime boss Thomas Shelby - became a smash hit.

The final series completed filming this year amid rumours that a movie or spin-off could follow. The Irish actor is currently on our screens in A Quiet Place Part 2.

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