Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy lands major new role away from BBC series

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Cillian Murphy is re-teaming with blockbuster director Christopher Nolan for his highly anticipated new project. The Peaky Blinders star, who appeared in the filmmaker’s Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Dunkirk, will take the leading role in his next film after completing work on the final instalment of the BBC drama. 

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Oppenheimer has found its lead in Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy. 

Murphy will take on the titular role of J Robert Oppenheimer, an American physicist and one of the key players behind the development of the USA’s first atomic bomb. 

Based on Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin’s biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer, Nolan will both write and direct the new picture. 

The news arrives as TV fans are still awaiting the sixth season of the historical crime drama, which was confirmed to be the last in January 2021.

Universal Pictures have announced Nolan’s upcoming film will be released in cinemas on July 21, 2023. 

It described the story as a “pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it”.

Cillian Murphy most recently appeared in Nolan’s previous WWII drama, Dunkirk, as a wounded soldier. 

Following a slate of heart-racing action flicks, the filmmaker will once again return to this pivotal moment of world history to explore what was happening behind the scenes.

He’ll once again be shooting in IMAX and will continue his collaborations with cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, editor Jennifer Lame and composer Ludwig Göransson.

In a new statement, Universal Chairman Donna Langley said: “Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’ films have shattered the limits of what cinematic storytelling can achieve.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and commitment to the theatrical experience.”

Oppenheimer will be the director’s first project for Universal after ending his long-term collaboration with Warner Bros.

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This will mark Nolan’s first film without the WB label since his 2000 thriller Memento, which was produced by Summit Entertainment.

Nolan slammed the studio’s pandemic strategy, which made several of their anticipated tentpole releases available on HBO Max concurrent to their theatre release. 

His 2021 blockbuster Tenet, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, was one of WB’s first major cinema releases but was also released to streaming in May. 

Universal will distribute Oppenheimer across North American exclusively in theatres through summer 2023, with international release dates to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, BBC viewers are still waiting for the highly anticipated return of Peaky Blinders, which was last seen in 2019. 

Formerly on BBC Two, Cillian Murphy will be back as Tommy Shelby for one last time before the series comes to an end. 

The last six episodes began filming in January 2021, so it is expected to release in early 2022. 

Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.


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