Screened before “Nope” in the United States, the teaser for Christopher Nolan’s next film, “Oppenheimer”, is now visible online, one year before its theatrical release. A minimalist video, reminiscent of those of “The Dark Knight” or “Inception”.
It will, for sure, be one of the most anticipated films of 2023. But it is making headlines today. And even since July 22, the day of the American release of Nope, where his teaser was shown before the program and exclusively in theaters showing Jordan Peele’s last baby. Less than a week later, the first images of Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan’s next opus, are finally visible online.
And this thanks to a video broadcast live, with a countdown displaying the time that separates us, not from its release (scheduled for July 19, 2023 in France, and two days later in the United States), but from the anniversary of the first nuclear test, conducted on July 16, 1945. Because this biopic will be dedicated to physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose work led to the birth and use of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II .
“THE WORLD CHANGES”
The character is played by Cillian Murphy and this will be his fifth participation in a film by the English filmmaker, after the three Batmans, Inception and Dunkirk. But we see very little of it in this both minimalist and explosive teaser, which intermingles a few images of atoms and devastating flames with those of the feature film, partly shot in black and white.
“The world is changing. It is reforming”we hear in this teaser which is reminiscent of the first of The Dark Knight, Inception or Interstellar, which revealed very little of the plot, sometimes preferring excerpts of dialogue (for the sequel to Batman Begins) or a succession of shots without the slightest word, to intrigue and set the tone.
BETWEEN BIOPIC AND THRILLER?
If Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Josh Hartnett or even Benny Safdie are expected in this five-star cast, none of them show up here. Because Christopher Nolan, as usual, seeks more to give us a glimpse of the atmosphere. And he hints here that, despite the genre of the biopic he is tackling for the first time (after being attached to a film about producer and director Howard Hughes), Oppenheimer will have the appearance of a thriller.
Which wouldn’t be more surprising than that, given the director’s love of detective stories (even when he’s adapting a Batman story). And the countdown at the heart of this teaser, which reminds us how much the Briton knows how to make our mouths water, and intrigue us. See you in theaters in less than a year, with this film distributed by Universal, which welcomed the filmmaker with open arms following his divorce from Warner.
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