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Two Hollywood stars join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s latest film

Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film about the creation of the atomic bomb.

Hollywood stars will appear in Oppenheimer alongside Irish actor Cillian Murphy, 45, as theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer.

The scientist is known as the “father of the atomic bomb”.

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Matt Damon to star in director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film about the creation of the atomic bomb (Ian West / PA)

Matt Damon to star in director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film about the creation of the atomic bomb (Ian West / PA)

It’s unclear who Damon, 51, and Downey Jr, 56, will star in the film.

Emily Blunt will play the role of Katherine, Oppenheimer’s wife, we previously learned.

Universal Pictures is distributing famed director Nolan’s latest film, a break from his usual collaboration with Warner Bros.

The studio described Oppenheimer as an “epic thriller that immerses audiences in the thrilling paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”

The film is based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph And Tragedy Of J 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and the late Martin J Sherwin.

Murphy is a favorite collaborator of Nolan, 51, the couple having previously worked together on the Dark Knight, Inception and Dunkirk trilogy.

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In addition to directing Oppenheimer, Nolan writes the screenplay for the film.

Oppenheimer is slated for release in July 2023.