Christopher Nolan‘s ensemble for his biopic on the project that led to the creation of the atomic bomb just got two atom bombs of star power. Deadline is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon are in talks to join Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer.
In addition to that report, THR is saying that Robert Downey Jr. is playing Lewis Strauss, a commissioner who put Oppenheimer on the stand and questioned his loyalty to the US, while Damon is playing Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the director of the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bomb. Oppenheimer marks Downey’s first project with Nolan and Damon’s second following Interstellar.
Cillian Murphy is set to play the titular scientist while Emily Blunt is to play Oppenheimer’s wife, Kitty Oppenheimer.