Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2023. The film, which follows the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, is slated for release in July. However, recent reports seemed to suggest otherwise.
The rumors stemmed from a Variety interview with Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux where he stated that the film will release later in the year – a comment that seemed to imply the film’s release date of July 21 had been changed.
When asked if the Cannes Film Festival will see Oppenheimer in competition, Fremaux stated, "Unfortunately no, I would have loved [that] but it’s being released at the end of the year as part of their awards strategy. My two regrets this year are "Oppenheimer” and "Barbie,” but it won’t be ready either by May."
Fremaux has since clarified his statement with the 62-year-old confirming that the biographical film is still slated for a July debut. The film’s debut coincides with another heavyweight picture Barbie. Given that the release of both films on the same day is bound to set off competition that could potentially affect the performance of either, many have been expecting one of the studios involved to change the date of their project. Perhaps, this explains why many were quick to believe Oppenheimer’s date had been shifted.
Oppenheimer chronicles the titular character’s life during the creation of the atomic bomb. The film will reportedly have the longest runtime of any Christopher Nolan movie at approximately three hours. It stars Cillian Murphy as the titular character J. Robert Oppenheimer while Emily Blunt stars as his wife Katherine Oppenheimer. Other members of the film’s cast include Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Dane DeHaan, Kenneth Branagh, Alden Ehrenreich, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, and Michael Angarano.
Oppenheimer is written and directed by Christopher Nolan and based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
By the way, one of Oppenheimer’s stars, Robert Downey Jr., has reportedly been cast in a remake of the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo.
Oppenheimer will arrive in theaters on July 21.