Christopher Nolan is a legendary filmmaker, who is known for mind-blowing twists and gorgeous visuals. Following the release of Tenet, Nolan ended his longstanding relationship with Warner Bros. and started planning his next movie with Universal. That title is Oppenheimer, which features an unbelievable ensemble cast. Oppenheimer just got its first trailer teaser, and it’s chilling.
The anticipation behind Oppenheimer has been steadily growing thanks to Christopher Nolan’s reputation and the countless well-known actors who have joined the cast. As you can see from the first trailer above, that all starts with his frequent collaborator Cillian Murphy. He’s the only one seen in the first chilling teaser, which is currently being played on a loop on Universal’s YouTube page. So if you catch the short clip halfway through, just be patient and wait for it to restart.
The first teaser for Oppenheimer is super cryptic, but still quite unsettling. We hear narration from some of the movie’s characters, heard over black and white footage from the highly anticipated blockbuster. Oppenheimer’s desk is shown, with his hat and pipe on display. From there the trailer pivots to footage of fire, teasing the destructive power of the atomic bomb that Cillian Murphy’s title character will eventually create.
While this teaser is purposefully vague and cryptic, the way it is edited together definitely gives one a sense of unease. The colorful, fiery footage is explosive and stands in stark juxtaposition to the black and white shots that it’s intercut with. And while the dialogue of unseen characters teasing the debate of creating such a weapon, there’s a mixture of spectacle and emotionality that’s remarkable to achieve in such a short clip.