English actor Gary Oldman is set to leave a 'big hole' in the entertainment industry after he recently revealed his plans to retire in the near future.
During an interview with Deadline earlier this year, Oldman confessed that his acting days are numbered and he would like to go out "with a bang." Now, a few months later, he has reiterated that his retirement is on the horizon and that he may finally be hanging up his gloves. In an interview with The Times about his role in the Apple TV+ series 'Slow Horses', the Oscar-winning actor hinted at a possible retirement, saying:
I’ve had an enviable career, but careers wane, and I do have other things that interest me outside of acting. When you’re young you think you’re going to get round to doing all of them — read that book — then the years go by. I’m 65 next year, 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I’d be very happy and honored and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] — and then hang it up.
The 64-year-old actor has had an illustrious career spanning over 40 years. In that time, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three British Academy Film Awards, and his films have grossed over $11 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.
There are a few upcoming projects that he is set to star in, the biggest of which is the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan biopic, Oppenheimer. Reuniting with Christopher Nolan after working together in The Dark Knight trilogy, Gary Oldman will play the role of America's 33rd President, Harry S. Truman, during World War II, and more specifically, the Manhattan Project. The film, which is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2023, features an ensemble cast that includes:
- Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
- Emily Blunt as Katherine "Kitty" Oppenheimer
- Matt Damon as Leslie Groves
- Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss
- Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock
- Rami Malek
- Casey Affleck
- Kenneth Branagh
Oldman will also reprise his role as Jackson Lamb in the second season of Slow Horses, which is set to premiere on December 2, 2022.