Christopher Nolan Talks Recreating A Nuclear Explosion For ‘Oppenheimer’, Shares Exclusive Pics From Set
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Words by Amar Gera December 13, 2022

Catch your first look at Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt & more in the upcoming epic…

Christopher Nolan is deep into the production of his upcoming film, Oppenheimer, the historical epic set to chronicle the dropping of the atomic bomb and the life of its creator (played by Cillian Murphy). Nolan fans have long been theorising how, and even if, he’d be able to bring the iconic explosive itself to the big screen, especially considering he’s a longtime adherent of practice effects.

It seems, however, that he indeed succeeded in the endeavour, and all it took was a visual effects team and some “extraordinary weather” in New Mexico, where a bulk of the blockbuster was shot. Speaking recently about the upcoming film, Nolan explained, “Andrew Jackson – my visual effects supervisor, I got him on board early on – was looking at how we could do a lot of the visual elements of the film practically, from representing quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the Trinity test itself, to recreating, with my team, Los Alamos up on a mesa in New Mexico in extraordinary weather, a lot of which was needed for the film, in terms of the very harsh conditions out there”.

The news also comes as Nolan has shared some exclusive on-set and BTS photos of stars Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr. and more, along with star Cillian Murphy. Blunt plays Oppenheimer’s wife Kitty, while RDJ portrays Atomic Energy Commission leader and chair, Lewis Strauss.

It’s a star-studded group of actors to say the least, with fellow A-listers Gary Oldman, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh and more all starring in the film. All signs seem to indicate that Oppenheimer will be a triumphant return for veteran director Christopher Nolan when it lands next July, but only time will tell whether they’re right. Check out the exclusive pics from the film above, along with some hilarious reactions to Nolan’s recreating a nuclear explosion below. 

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