Christopher Nolan only gave Cillian Murphy six months to prepare for “Oppenheimer”

Whenever an actor lands a lead role in a project, they know they’re up for a big challenge. It is more intense when they play historical figures, because then there is another layer of research that they will have to do in order to sound and even move believably as their characters. when Cillian Murphy was selected by Christopher Nolan Play a role in the title OppenheimerHe knows he has his work cut out for him — as he told Collider in an interview before the SAG-AFTRA strike.


Murphy and Nolan have worked together many times, but Murphy said Steve Weintraub that he was still surprised by Nolan’s claim because he did it “out of the blue” and that he had “no idea” that Nolan was considering him as the historical lead in such an ambitious project. From the call, Murphy said he knew he had “six months to really get in.” He can only react to a life-changing phone call, though:

“I can’t think of a better word than it’s a dream. It sounds like saying that, but it is true. But I don’t know if he will call me. He just called me out of the blue. That was his MO; You never hear from him and then he calls. So he called me, and I had no idea what it was going to be, and then he said, ‘I’m making this movie about Oppenheimer and I want you to play Oppenheimer.’ It’s a big shock, and it’s nice, but then you go, ‘Okay, now I have a lot of work to do.'”

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Six months enough to learn how to compose historical figures like Oppenheimer?

Murphy also revealed to Collider that his process to step into the historical figure’s shoes “will take more time,” but admitted that “six months was good” because they “just went straight for it” as the call ended. From that point, it is easy to imagine that Peaky Blinders The star has begun serious research to form the father of the atomic bomb – and we will see how he turns out in less than two weeks.

The star-studded actor’s Oppenheimer Features as well Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame), Emily Blunt (A quiet place), Matt Damon (air), Florence Pugh (Black widow), Gary Oldman (Man), Kenneth Branagh (Death in the Nile), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Josh Hartnett (Black mirror), Jack Quaid (boy), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Olivia Thirlby (Goliath).

Oppenheimer In theaters now. Check out our full interview with Murphy below:

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