Oppenheimer: the very first explosive black and white teaser of the next Christopher Nolan film has just been released

The first teaser of the next Christopher Nolan film, Oppenheimer, is finally here, giving viewers their first glimpse of Cillian Murphy as the eponymous doctor who was salvaged when the atomic bomb was created. In the movie Dunkirk from 2017, Nolan had brought together three distinct timelines in a dizzying story of survival and heroism during the Battle of France, and this glimpse ofOppenheimer also revolves around a countdown to an infamous moment in history.

The time between us and the bomb blast is shown on screen in one of the first images and revisited in a harrowing final shot of Oppenheimer being harassed by the press, with the caption ‘The world is forever changing’ . (Presumably this clock is counting down to the July 1945 Trinity atomic test and not to the time the bombs were dropped on Japan a month later).

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Oppenheimer played a crucial role in the development of the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II and oversaw the successful testing of the weapon in 1945. Later in his life and career, Oppenheimer is allied with nuclear proliferation. Although we don’t see them in the trailer, Nolan’s film boasts a formidable roster of talent to support Murphy: Emily Blunt as Kitty, Oppenheimer’s wife and fellow scientist; Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, the military leader in charge of the Manhattan Project; but also Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett and Robert Downey Jr. in other key roles in the project.

According to the trailer, the film could be largely in black and white, which would mark a return to the minimalist style that Nolan has not used since his first independent film, Next, in 1998. The shots of explosions interspersed in the trailer, however, are rendered in vivid color, which could be Nolan’s way of evoking the fiery power, unprecedented at the time, of the atomic bomb. The trailer doesn’t feature any dialogue scenes. The only non-energetic and cryptic voiceover words used. “How can this man who sees so much be so blind?” asks a male voice.

The main source of information on Oppenheimer is the work of Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography that took the authors a quarter of a century to write. The book delves into the scientist’s personal life, his controversial association with communist politicians and groups, and his anxiety over his own legacy. Oppenheimer is due out in a year, on July 21, 2023.

Going through British GQ.