New “Oppenheimer” Trailer Reveals Explosive Footage in Christopher Nolan’s Historical Thriller
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has just unveiled a brand new trailer, revealing the longest, most detailed look yet at the auteur’s historical epic. The new footage is properly explosive footage and includes the moment that physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) tries to reassure military officer Leslie Groves Jr. (Matt Damon) that the testing the atomic bomb Oppenheimer has brought into existence will likely not result in the destruction of the Earth’s atmosphere. He cooly tells Groves Jr. the chances are “near zero.” Not zero, mind you, meaning there was a chance the test was going to end life on Earth as we knew it. Oppenheimer went through with the test anyway. The world survived but was changed forever.
“In learning about that story, I wanted to be there in that room with them and see what that must have been like,” Nolan said during Universal’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. “I wanted to take the audience there. To do so, I’ve assembled the most incredible cast and the finest technicians.”
Nolan has turned the United States’ efforts to create the atomic bomb, claiming they were racing against the Nazis who were already well ahead, into a proper thriller. Nolan has turned Oppenheimer’s work during the Manhattan Project into its own ticking bomb of a narrative, and he’s surrounded the excellent Murphy with an equally excellent cast and crew. Not for nothing, Nolan himself believes he’s made a movie about the most central figure in human history.
“Like it not, J. Robert Oppenheimer is the most important person who ever lived,” Nolan said in Las Vegas. “He made the world we live in — for better or for worse. And his story has to be seen to be believed, and I am certainly hopeful audiences will come to your theaters to see it on the biggest screens possible.”
Alongside Murphy and Damon are Florence Pugh, Alden Ehrenreich, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Gary Oldman, Josh Hartnett, and David Dastmalchian. Nolan’s crew includes his longtime cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, production designer Ruth De Jong, and composer Ludwig Göransson.
What’s been assembled here is an incredible team to take on one of the most meaningful periods of time in human history. We’re still living with the changes wrought by events that Nolan and his team depict. Needless to say, Oppenheimer will be one of the most intriguing films of the summer.
Check out the trailer below. Oppenheimer hits theaters on July 21.
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