Oppenheimer movie pre-production underway in New Mexico

Pre-production is underway in northern New Mexico for a Christopher Nolan-directed film about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist called the father of the atomic bomb for his starring role in the World War II Manhattan Project.

Four-hour casting calls were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Santa Fe and Los Alamos for people to represent local residents, military personnel and scientists, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

According to Alessi Hartigan Casting, additional extras are needed for academics, students, drivers, executives, and military wives.

“This is an exciting opportunity for locals to be part of a film that showcases our region, and we encourage all members of the community to register and participate,” said Kelly Stewart, county marketing manager. Los Alamos. “Those who have already submitted Google Forms for different characters should be sure to sign up and consider participating in one of the casting calls.”

Universal Pictures said in September that it had acquired the financing and distribution rights to the film.

Although the Manhattan Project includes work in locations around the country, Los Alamos was the site of the secret base where the components of the bomb were assembled for the July 16, 1945 test, named Trinity, in a desert location in southern New Mexico.

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