J. Robert Oppenheimer changed the world during his time in New Mexico.
He is credited as being the “father of the atomic bomb” with his role in the Manhattan Project.
And his story is set to hit the big screen in 2023 in “Oppenheimer,” which is slated to film in New Mexico this year. The film is being directed by Christopher Nolan and the cast features some heavy hitters as well, among them Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett and Benny Safdie.
Cillian Murphy is slated to play Oppenheimer.
The project is in preproduction in New Mexico, though it has not registered with the New Mexico Film Office.
There will be a casting call on Saturday at Garson Theater, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, in Santa Fe. There will also be one on Sunday at the Los Alamos High School Auxilary Gym, 1300 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. The casting call will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the respective days.
Hey, being in a crowd scene, reenacting an important piece of history, maybe even a bit part handing a cuppa coffee to a recognizable star would be a kick. And my guess is this will be a good film. The days of glorifying historic death and destruction are well behind us. Except for Republican agitprop, nowadays.