Christopher Nolan's Next Movie Has Been Unveiled

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Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images

Christopher Nolan's last movie Tenet, a mind-bending time travel thriller, took on a larger-than-life meaning thanks to its release in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. Because of Nolan's outspoken advocacy for movie theaters, he refused to permit a home release for Tenet, which led hyperbolic headlines to declare the movie first as a savior, and later a destroyer, of movie theaters. The legendary writer-director's next movie should be able to proceed with less baggage—and the details have just been released.

Per Deadline, Nolan's as-yet-untitled twelfth movie focuses on theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who played a key role in the research process and development of the atom bomb during the 1940s.

Under the code name The Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer led the U.S. effort to develop a functioning atomic bomb, which was prompted by fears that Adolf Hitler was preparing to make use of nuclear technology developed by German scientists.

Cillian Murphy, who's played supporting roles in a number of Nolan projects dating all the way back to 2005's Batman Begins, will star as Oppenheimer. Emily Blunt has also been announced as the film's female lead.

Nolan will produce the film alongside his wife and longtime co-producer Emma Thomas. More notably, this will be the first film Nolan has made without Warner Bros. in almost two decades, marking the end of the director and studio's longtime partnership. Instead, Universal Pictures will finance and distribute the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be a "smaller-scale feature" for Nolan. Universal, Sony and Apple were all vying for the rights to the film, which came with some very specific stipulations from Nolan, including full creative control, a minimum 100-day theatrical window, and a blackout period where the studio agreed not to release another movie for three weeks before or after the feature. Given Nolan's history of both critical and box office success, agreeing to the terms was reportedly a no-brainer for Universal.

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