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Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon have embarked on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, “Oppenheimer”.

The Iron Man star, 56, and Oscar winner, 51, are the latest names added to the cast of the upcoming Universal film, Variety reports.

As of this writing, it’s unclear what roles Hollywood stars will play.

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Cillian Murphy will play physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, while Emily Blunt will play his wife, Katherine Oppenheimer Vissering.

The film is slated for release on July 21, 2023, a slot that Nolan often reserves for his films.

Murphy will team up again with his director “Inception” and “Dunkirk” for “Oppenheimer”, which was landed by Universal after a bidding war between several of Hollywood’s top studios, including Nolan’s previous collaborator, Warner Bros.

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Oppenheimer was known as “the father of the atomic bomb” and the film 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 will be written and directed by Nolan, who will also produce alongside Atlas Entertainment’s Emma Thomas and Charles Roven.

Donna Langley, President of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, said, “The films of Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas have broken the boundaries of what cinematic storytelling can achieve.

“We are delighted to be working alongside them on this exceptional and extraordinary project and are grateful for their shared passion and commitment to the theatrical experience.”

Oppenheimer’s story has been told onscreen before, with the 1989 drama “Fat Man and Little Boy,” starring Dwight Schultz as a scientist and Paul Newman as General Leslie Groves.

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