The biggest film is getting even bigger, believe it or not. Christopher Nolan’s upcoming wartime epic Oppenheimer has seemingly cast just about every notable actor under the sun with more casting announcements coming at a rapid-fire pace. Rivaled only by Margot Robbie’s Barbie movie in its cast, the film has just added Olivia Thirlby to the gargantuan ensemble in an unknown role according to Deadline. Oppenheimer may boast the greatest cast ever assembled, featuring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Josh Peck, and even a confirmed appearance by Gary Oldman, and that’s only scratching the surface. Murphy leads the crowd as the titular real-life scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called Father of the Atomic Bomb in charge of the Manhattan Project. The film is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s Pulitzer Prize winner American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer which recounted the life and downfall of the theoretical physicist as he was forced to deal with the ramifications of his scientific breakthroughs. It’s a massive return to film for Thirlby, who hasn’t been a major presence in the film industry for some time now. Thirlby really cut her teeth in the industry with the 2007 Elliot Page, Michael Cera dramedy Juno as the title character’s best friend. She eventually went on to star in The Wackness and was later cast opposite Karl Urban in 2012’s Dredd, a film she hopes will one day get a follow-up. Most recently, her appearances have mostly been on the small screen. She starred in the ill-fated FX series Y: The Last Man as Hero Brown and in The L Word: Generation Q. Among her other appearances are roles in No Strings Attached, King Goliath, and Above the Shadows which paired her with Alan Ritchson and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Oppenheimer is notoriously lacking in details as to how all of these Hollywood stars fit into Nolan’s vision and Thirlby is no exception. We’ve recently had a few faces get matched to names outside of Murphy as Oppenheimer, like Blunt who’ll play his wife, and Downey Jr. who’ll appear as Lewis Strauss, but there are still plenty of unknowns. The film sees Nolan taking the director’s chair with a screenplay of his own making. He’ll also produce with the help of Emma Thomas and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven.
Oppenheimer is a ways off still with the film expected to hit theaters on July 21, 2023. With production underway in New Mexico, California, and New Jersey, who knows what surprises Nolan has left, or if there are even actors left to surprise us with.
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Jordan Peele’s upcoming horror film NOPE has been keeping most of its finer details under wraps. The mystery surrounding the next enigmatic outing from the Get Out writer-director has gotten fans desperate for any new details that can be pieced together from new images and trailers. When it comes to the new teaser that was released today, they might find themselves being slightly disappointed since there isn’t much that they are going to find, but there is an appearance from Steph Curry, so that’s something! And it was apparently inspired by one of the most terrifying moments in Peele’s new film. The new teaser premiered today ahead of the first round of the NBA playoffs and featured the Golden State Warrior’s all-star point guard, Steph Curry. The teaser shows the number one three-point shooter of all-time arriving at what fans that watched the official trailer for Nope that was revealed in February would recognize as the Haywood Ranch, which looks to be the film’s primary setting. Curry enters a barn that has a basketball court inside. He turns on some music and shoots the ball until the storm that tears through the farm in the previous trailer starts to make its way to the barn. The multi-time MVP winner walks to the exit, looks up at the storm, and simply says “nope” before turning around and walking off-screen.
This teaser, while giving us a comedic moment with the basketball star in the film’s setting, doesn’t provide any more insight into exactly what the film has in store for us. What is known about the upcoming thriller is that Peele is once again returning to that feeling of eerie atmosphere and eating dread that films Get Out and Us portrayed. Speaking of Get Out, Nope will see the lead of the acclaimed 2017 film, Daniel Kaluuya, reuniting with Peele as he takes a starring role alongside Keke Palmer as Jimmy and Jill Haywood, farmers who witness some sort of “mysterious and abnormal event” that descends upon their ranch and the surrounding town. Steven Yeun will also appear in a starring role in the film. Alongside Kaluuya, Palmer, and Yeun, the ensemble cast for the movie includes the likes of Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea, Barbie Ferreira, Terry Notary, Donna Mills, Jennifer Lafleur, Sophia Coto, and Keith David. Peele once again returns to both the writer’s and director’s chairs for Nope and also serves as a producer on the project alongside Ian Cooper for Monkeypaw Productions.