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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Just Got His First Trailer Teaser And It’s Scary


Christopher Nolan is a legendary filmmaker, known for his jaw-dropping plot twists and gorgeous visuals. Following the release of Principle, Nolan has ended his longtime relationship with Warner Bros. and began planning his next film with Universal. This title is Oppenheimerwhich features an incredible ensemble cast. Oppenheimer just got its first trailer teaser, and it’s spooky.

The anticipation behind Oppenheimer has steadily grown thanks to the reputation of Christopher Nolan and the countless well-known actors who have joined the cast. As you can see in the first trailer above, it all starts with his frequent collaborator Cillian Murphy. He’s the only one seen in the first spooky teaser, which is currently streaming on Universal’s YouTube page. So if you catch the short clip halfway through, be patient and wait for it to restart.

The first teaser for Oppenheimer is super cryptic, but still quite disturbing. We hear narration from some of the film’s characters, heard over black-and-white footage from the highly anticipated blockbuster. Oppenheimer’s desk is shown, with his hat and pipe on display. From there, the trailer pivots to images of fire, teasing the destructive power of the atomic bomb that lead character Cillian Murphy will eventually create.

Although this teaser is deliberately vague and cryptic, the way it is edited together definitely gives a sense of unease. The colorful, fiery images are explosive and juxtapose strikingly against the black-and-white shots with which they are intercut. And with dialogue from unseen characters teasing the debate over the creation of such a weapon, there’s a remarkable mix of spectacle and emotion to be achieved in such a short clip.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer's first teaser

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

As mentioned earlier, Christopher Nolan has assembled a massive and hugely talented cast of actors to bring Oppenheimer to life on the big screen. Joining Murphy as main characters are Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Black Widowis Florence Pugh. But this talented quartet is just the tip of the iceberg. Other familiar faces involved in Oppenheimer include Rami Malek, Jack Quaid, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman and Alex Wolff among many others. Clearly, Nolan’s next film has huge scope, and it should be fascinating to see how all of these characters are used in the story.

Christopher Nolan has a reputation that speaks for itself, and it should be fascinating to see what new colors Oppenheimer brings to his opus of films. It has the potential to stand out among recent releases like Dunkirk and Principle which were super action-heavy – the latter even featuring some upside-down combat. Then again, seeing the destructive power of the atomic bomb on the big screen could be quite exciting for the price of the ticket. We’ll just have to wait and see as more footage and information comes out.

Oppenheimer is set to hit theaters on July 21, 2023. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next cinematic experience.