The Atomic Bomb Is on the Way in the Thrilling Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”

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Things are about to change forever. That’s the message of the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s eagerly anticipated biographical drama “Oppenheimer,” coming to theaters this July. In the newest footage, released May 8, Cillian Murphy, who plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, works on setting up the Manhattan Project, which would ultimately lead to the creation of the first nuclear bombs. The US eventually used those bombs against Japan, killing between 129,000 and 226,000 civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The trailer also gives viewers our best look yet at Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan Project, and he has a lot of questions about the safety of what they’re doing. Florence Pugh also appears as psychiatrist Jean Tatlock.

The first full trailer for the film was released back in December 2022. “We imagine a future, and our imaginings horrify us,” Murphy’s Oppenheimer narrates in that trailer. “They won’t fear it until they understand it,” he warns over shots of the lab where the atomic bomb is being built. “And they won’t understand it until they’ve used it,” he adds.

“Theory will take you only so far,” he continues. “I don’t know if we can be trusted with such a weapon. But we have no choice.” There is more footage of bomb testing and construction, Oppenheimer collaborating with other scientists, and explosions. “Is anyone ever going to tell the truth about what’s happening here?” he asks as the trailer ends.

With Murphy starring in the leading role of Oppenheimer, the project boasts a sprawling, star-powered ensemble, including Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Kenneth Branagh, and Rami Malek. The screenplay for the film was penned by Nolan. Read on for more information about “Oppenheimer,” including its plot, release date, complete A-list lineup, and more.

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