Christopher Nolan Reveals 'Oppenheimer' Is His Longest Film Yet

In a new interview with Total Film, famed filmmaker Christopher Nolan promises an epic runtime for this highly anticipated flick, Oppenheimer. No stranger to hard hitting films, the filmmaker has confirmed that this upcoming one is the longest one he has made just yet.

The biopic is slated to clock in much longer than that of Interstellar and while Nolan did not give an exact time, it is expecting to be more than two hours and 49 minutes. Nolan told the magazine, “It’s slightly longer than the longest we’ve done. It’s kissing three hours.” His latest historical drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer, also known as the American theoretical physicist who was credited to being the “father of the atomic bomb,” stars Cillian Murphy as the titular character. When asked about the lead character, Nolan said that he was simply “drawn to interesting protagonists – protagonists who have ambiguity to them.” He added, “I think of any character I’ve dealt with, Oppenheimer is by far the most ambiguous and paradoxical. Which, given that I’ve made three Batman films, is saying a lot.”

Starring alongside Murphy are Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine and more. Blunt, who plays Oppenheimer’s wife Katherine recalled reading the script and thinking, “The script was so emotional, and it reads like a thriller. It’s almost like he’s Trojan-Horsed a biopic into a thriller. It’s really pulse-racing, the whole thing. I was just completely arrested by the story, the portrait of this man, and, I guess, the trauma of a brain like that.”

Oppenheimer opens in theaters on July 21.

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