Movie Fans Melt Down As One Of Year’s Most Highly Anticipated Films Has Reportedly Been Delayed (UPDATED)

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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has NOT been delayed, according to an Associated Press journalist who reached out to Universal Pictures for comment.

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Bad news for all the movie fans were hoping to see both Barbie and Oppenheimer on their opening day of July 21 as the latter of the two has been delayed “to the end of the year,” according to reports.

The latest film from Christopher Nolan is set to be his first at Universal Pictures following his messy divorce from Warner Bros. following the sloppy release of TENET back in 2020.

Given how salty Nolan was on his way out of WB, it’s likely that he’s none too thrilled with the news of his movie being delayed just about three months away from its official release. To be clear, however, this is not an official confirmation of a delay.

“I would have loved [that] but it’s being released at the end of the year as part of their awards strategy,” Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux told Variety. “My two regrets this year are Oppenheimer and Barbie, but it won’t be ready either by May.”

Thanks to its star-studded cast and acclaimed director, movie fans have been looking forward to Oppenheimer for some time now — particularly following the release of the incredible first trailer — so news of the film’s delay isn’t exactly going over all that well.

Starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the Manhattan Project, the film follows his contributions that led to the creation of the first atomic bomb.

Some movie fans seem to think (whether it be jokingly or otherwise) that the delay of Oppenheimer is due to the fact that Universal decided it didn’t want to compete with Warner Bros and Great Gerwig’s Barbie, which also has a July 21 release date.

The glass-half-full read of the situation, though, is certainly that the studio has such confidence in Oppenheimer that they’re delaying the film to later in the year to bolster its chances during award season.

In addition to Murphy, Oppenheimer stars Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Josh Hartnett, Kenneth Branagh, Dane DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Modine, Jack Quaid, David Dastmalchian, Jason Clarke, Josh Peck, Tony Goldwyn, and more.

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