Robert Downey Jr joins Peaky Blinders star's film Oppenheimer

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Marvel legend Robert Downey Jr has joined director Christopher Nolan's all-star cast in his next film.

Downey has been announced alongside Matt Damon as the newest members of Nolan's ensemble for the World World II-era drama Oppenheimer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Oppenheimer is a biopic about the so-called 'father of the atomic bomb', J Robert Oppenheimer. Also starring in the film will be Emily Blunt and Peaky Blinders' Cillian Murphy as the man himself.

Nolan is adapting the movie based on Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin's biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer.

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Knowing Nolan, the film is unlikely to be a traditional biopic — and Universal Pictures has confirmed as much by describing Oppenheimer as a "pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it".

Downey will have a hugely significant role in the film as Lewis Strauss, the real-life head of the Atomic Energy Commission who investigated whether Oppenheimer was actually loyal to the US.

Oppenheimer is set to be part of RDJ's big-screen comeback after taking a break following the release of Dolittle in early 2020.

The star has also recently filmed the sports comedy All-Star Weekend starring Jeremy Piven and Jamie Foxx as two NBA super-fans who win tickets to the league's all-star game.

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Oppenheimer also marks a huge career shift for Nolan, who left his home studio Warner Bros to make the project with Universal Pictures. The biopic will become the first film project Nolan has directed outside of Warner Bros in 18 years.

Universal Pictures has yet to reveal a specific release date for Oppenheimer, but it has been projected for 2023.

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