Christopher Nolan Says Oppenheimer Is Longest Film at 3 Hours

Christopher Nolan has lastly weighed in on the “Oppenheimer” runtime, confirming to Total Film journal that it’s his longest film so far. The director’s affirmation means “Oppenheimer” at the very least runs longer than 2 hours and 49 minutes. That was the runtime on “Interstellar,” the director’s longest film till “Oppenheimer.” Previous reviews pegged the “Oppenheimer” runtime at three hours, which Nolan stated is sort of true.

“It’s slightly longer than the longest we’ve done,” Nolan stated. “It’s kissing three hours.”

“Oppenheimer” stars Nolan’s frequent collaborator Cillian Murphy as theoretical physicist and “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer. The movie tracks Oppenheimer as he launches the Manhattan Project and oversees the creation of the atom bomb.

“I think of any character I’ve dealt with, Oppenheimer is by far the most ambiguous and paradoxical,” Nolan instructed Total Film journal. “Which, given that I’ve made three Batman films, is saying a lot.”

“The script was so emotional, and it reads like a thriller,” added Emily Blunt, who stars as biologist and Oppenheimer’s spouse Katherine. “It’s almost like he’s Trojan-Horsed a biopic into a thriller. It’s really pulse-racing, the whole thing. I was just completely arrested by the story, the portrait of this man, and, I guess, the trauma of a brain like that.”

Joining Murphy and Blunt within the forged are Matt Damon as Manhattan Project director Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. and Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett, Rami Malek and extra additionally star.

“You realize this is a huge responsibility. He was complicated and contradictory and so iconic,” Murphy has beforehand stated of taking over the character. “But you know you’re with one of the great directors of all time. I felt confident going into it with Chris. He’s had a profound impact on my life, creatively and professionally. He’s offered me very interesting roles and I’ve found all of them really challenging. And I just love being on his sets.”

“Oppenheimer” opens in theaters July 21 from Universal Pictures.

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