Christopher Nolan is set to debut the first full-length trailer for his new film “Oppenheimer” in a highly anticipated IMAX spot in “Avatar: The Way of Water.” This will be the first time audiences get a glimpse of the epic film, which is sure to generate excitement and buzz.
The official trailer for “Oppenheimer” will make its global debut on IMAX screens showing the “Avatar” sequel, starting on Thursday.
This exclusive IMAX trailer will not be available online and is different from the trailer that will be shown on non-IMAX screens. This is a unique opportunity for audiences to see the trailer in all its glory on the big IMAX screen.
Nolan’s film, about the enigmatic, Harvard-educated theoretical physicist who helped develop the first atomic bomb, is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” and stars Cillian Murphy in the title role.
The movie explores the contradictions of the man who infamously called his invention the “destroyer of worlds.”
Oppenheimer was torn between his moral disapproval of the use of nuclear weapons and his loyalty to his country. He eventually decided to continue with the project, but the decision haunted him for the rest of his life.
The “Oppenheimer dilemma” is often used to refer to the ethical dilemmas faced by scientists and other professionals when their work has potentially catastrophic consequences.
“The immersive quality of IMAX is massively important in transporting the audience into the mind and experience of this person who forever altered our world,” Nolan said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The star-studded cast includes Emily Blunt as Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, his wife, a biologist and botanist, Matt Damon as Manhattan Project director General Leslie Groves Jr., and Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, and Kenneth Branagh are also among the large ensemble.
Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, known for their work on “Dunkirk,” “Tenet,” and “Interstellar,” used a combination of IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film to shoot “Oppenheimer.”
This marks the first time IMAX black and white analog photography has been used in a film, adding to the unique visual style of the film. This collaboration promises to deliver an epic and visually stunning experience for audiences.
In an interview with Total Film magazine this week, Nolan said that they recreated the Trinity test, the first successful detonation of a nuclear weapon, without the use of CGI. He also said it’s one of the most challenging projects he’s ever undertaken.
Universal Pictures plans to release “Oppenheimer” exclusively in theaters on July 21.