Christopher Nolan reveals he wrote entire ‘Oppenheimer’ script in first person


Director Christopher Nolan reveals he penned the script of Oppenheimer in first person because he wanted to offer the audience a direct glimpse into the mind of his titular protagonist.

The filmmaker, known for critically praised films including The Prestige, The Dark Knight trilogy featuring Christian Bale and Inception, stated that this was the first time he wrote a subjective story for the screen.

In a recent interaction with the British magazine The Empire, Nolan said, “I actually wrote in the first-person, which I’ve never done before. I don’t know if anyone’s ever done it before. But the point of it is, with the colour sequences, which is the bulk of the film, everything is told from Oppenheimer’s point of view — you’re literally kind of looking through his eyes.”

The Universal Pictures movie, featuring Cilian Murphy as the main theoretical physicist recognised as one of the fathers of the atomic bomb, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer’ by Kai Bird and the late Martin J Sherwin.

The film likewise features Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Matthias Schweighofer, Alden Ehrenreich, David Dastmalchian, Florence Pugh, Michael Angarano, Gary Oldman, Harrison Gilbertson, Devon Bostick and Trond Fausa.