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Oppenheimer: Release Date, Plot, Cast, Trailer, and More

Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" Trailer Promises the "Truth" About the Atomic Bomb

Oppenheimer: Release Date, Plot, Cast, Trailer, and More
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The full trailer for Christopher Nolan's eagerly anticipated biographical drama "Oppenheimer" is here. The trailer was released online by Universal Pictures on 18 Dec. after premiering ahead of screenings of "Avatar: The Way of Water" over the weekend. "We imagine a future, and our imaginings horrify us," Cillian Murphy, who plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, says at the start of the trailer. Oppenheimer, of course, is credited with creating the first nuclear weapon. "They won't fear it until they understand it," he warns over shots of the lab where the atomic bomb is being built. "And they won't understand it until they've used it," he adds. Murphy is shown in character looking concerned as the bomb is constructed.

"Theory will take you only so far," he continues. "I don't know if we can be trusted with such a weapon. But we have no choice." There is more footage of bomb testing and construction, Oppenheimer collaborating with other scientists, and explosions. "Is anyone ever going to tell the truth about what's happening here?" he asks as the trailer ends.

Universal shared the first teaser for Oppenheimer back in July. In that short clip, someone calls Oppenheimer "the most important man who ever lived," while another voice warns, "You gave them the power to destroy themselves."

With Murphy starring in the leading role of Oppenheimer, the project boasts a sprawling, star-powered ensemble, including Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, and Matt Damon. The screenplay for the star-studded film was penned by Nolan. Read on for more information about "Oppenheimer," including its plot, release date, complete A-list lineup, and more.

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