Christopher Nolan’s daughter has a cameo in Oppenheimer where she blows up in a vision
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British-American filmmaker Christopher Nolan, known for award-winning movies like Interstellar and the Dark Knight trilogy, is about to release one of the most anticipated films of the year: Oppenheimer.
A film which his daughter took time away from college to play a special role in - having her face blown off during a nuclear explosion. Brutal.
The director told The Telegraph that his eldest child, Flora, came to spend a week on the set of the film when he asked her if she’d consider to take part in a role that was still vacant. The off-the-cuff offer was to play a young woman who’s skin is ripped from her face by a white light coming off of a nuclear explosion.
The film which contains an all-star cast of actors, from Florence Pugh to Cillian Murphy, details the story of controversial theoretical physicist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was responsible for the development of the first ever atomic bomb created during World War II.
Nolan explained why he chose his daughter for the gruesome role.
"We needed someone to do that small part of a somewhat experimental and spontaneous sequence,” he said, adding: "So it was wonderful to just have her sort of roll with it.”
Nolan said that he tries not to analyse his own intentions but understood the message that the most ultimate destructive power would also 'destroy those who are near and dear to you'.
He explained how an early draft of Oppenheimer in 2021 had his son unconvinced that there was need to worry about things like nuclear bombs anymore.
“My response at the time was to think, ‘Well, you probably should,’ and that became a reason for me to make the film,” retorted Nolan, highlighting that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reinstated the fear of nuclear war for many.
The star-studded cast attended the movie premier in London on Thursday but staged a walk-out to 'write their picket signs' ahead of the Sag-Aftra strike. The actions caused the premier to be brought forward by an hour ahead of the Sag-Aftra conference, which was took place in Los Angeles, and delcared that the US union was striking.
The Universal Studios film, which is set to be released in the UK on 21 July, has already received rave reviews from critics who attended the world premiere in Paris. As of yet, the film is being called a 'spectacular achievement' and 'audacious.'