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explosive combination Cillian Murphy teams up with director Christopher Nolan on atom bomb movie Oppenheimer

Murphy will play the creator of the bomb in the $100m flick

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Cillian Murphy will reunite with Christopher Nolan for the acclaimed director’s highly awaited next film (Ian West/PA)

Cillian Murphy will reunite with Christopher Nolan for the acclaimed director’s highly awaited next film (Ian West/PA)

Cillian Murphy will reunite with Christopher Nolan for the acclaimed director’s highly awaited next film (Ian West/PA)

Cillian Murphy is to play atom bomb creator J Robert Oppenheimer in the new movie from top director Christopher Nolan.

The Irish actor - who is a dead ringer for the scientist - will play the man known as “the father of the atomic bomb”.

Murphy has worked with the British filmmaker on four occasions in the past, including another WW2 drama, Dunkirk. Several major studios have been involved in a bidding war to release the film in recent weeks, before filming has even begun. High-profile US studio Universal Pictures has snagged the rights to the movie.

The Cork-born actor had been rumoured to be interested in starring in the movie, but the studio confirmed he was on board this weekend.

The atomic bombs were dropped by US forces on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th of August 1945, killing hundreds of thousands of people and effectively bringing the six-year conflict to an end. Oppenheimer was the leader of a core group involved in its development.

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 the 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.

Oppenheimer is set to be shot on Imax film and released in cinemas in the summer of 2023. Filming is due to begin early next year.

The film is based on the award-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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