Christopher Nolan Plotting World War II Movie, Cillian Murphy Eyed to Star

Christopher Nolan.
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If you think that Dunkirk is the brightest point of Christopher Nolan’s filmography, we’ve got some good news for you. The critically acclaimed director is currently plotting his next movie set in the trenches of World War II, with Cillian Murphy in talks to play the lead role.

Just like Dunkirk, the director’s next film will focus on a seminal moment in World War II. It will center on J. Robert Oppenheimer, who played a crucial role in the development of the nuclear bomb.

Murphy’s involvement hasn’t been confirmed just yet, but his casting would make total sense since the Peaky Blinders star previously appeared in several Nolan movies. He most notably played Dr. Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow in The Dark Knight saga but also appeared in Inception and Dunkirk. He’s not attached to any major new projects following the final season of Peaky Blinders.

What makes Nolan’s next film different from all of his past projects is that it won’t be produced by Warner Bros. The Oscar-nominated director had a strained relationship with this studio ever since publicly speaking out against their decision to stream their entire 2021 movie slate on HBO Max, and he’s currently looking for a new home for this World War II biopic.