Matt Damon says Cillian Murphy is "phenomenal" in Oppenheimer

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Damon says Murphy is "phenomenal" in OppenheimerUniversal

Matt Damon has praised Cillian Murphy as "phenomenal" in Oppenheimer.

The Peaky Blinders star is set to portray the titular theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer in the upcoming Christopher Nolan movie.

Damon appears as Leslie Groves, the director of the Manhattan Project – which produced the world's first nuclear bombs during World War II – in the movie.

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Speaking about the anticipated film, the actor revealed that he had already seen it, telling Variety: "It’s three hours. It’s fantastic."

Damon then added: “Cillian is phenomenal. He’s everything you would want him to be. I think it’s almost three hours. It goes so fast, it’s great.”

Alongside the two stars, Oppenheimer boasts an impressive cast, which also includes Marvel's Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, Robert Downey Jr as Lewis Strauss and Emily Blunt as biologist and Oppenheimer's wife Katherine.

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Also on board are Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, David Dastmalchian, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Quaid, Gary Oldman, Alex Wolff, Benny Safdie, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Clarke and Matthew Modine, Christopher Denham and Josh Zuckerman.

Speaking last year about the movie, Murphy said: "It's a huge part and a lot of work. But in my estimation, you're working with one of the greatest living directors, so you're in safe hands."

The star added: "The difference with this one is the story is there, everybody knows what happened. But Chris is telling it in a different way, as with Chris you would expect. That's all I can say."

Oppenheimer, which is based on the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer, is set for release on July 21, 2023.

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