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Christopher Nolan led off Universal’s CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday with an assembly of footage from his upcoming summer epic Oppenheimer.

The dramatic sequences in colour and black & white showed Cillian Murphy in the lead role as the genius scientist and so-called “father of the atom bomb”, reminding high-level US figures that the United States was in a race with the Nazis – and not the Soviets so much – during the Second World War to develop a bomb to end the war.

The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Gary Oldman, Florence Pugh, and Rami Malek. 

Speaking on stage at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace Nolan said, “I know of no more dramatic tale with higher stakes, with more extraordinary twists and turns, with more paradoxes and ethical dilemmas.”

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Christopher Nolan

The British filmmaker added, “Like it or not J. Robert Oppenheimer is the most important person that ever lived. He made the world we live in, for better or for worse.”

Nolan also intimated that the first trailer will debut alongside screenings of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, which opens in the US on May 5.

Oppenheimer opens on July 21 and Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) chairman Donna Langley has said it will get an exclusive theatrical window of around 100 days.

That is far longer than the 45-day average in Hollywood and longer still than UFEG’s now standard policy of keeping films in cinemas exclusively from 17 to 31 days depending on the film’s opening weekend box office.