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Nolan Casts His Daughter in ‘Oppenheimer’ as a Girl Who Gets Blown Up in the Nuclear Explosion

Flora Nolan in Oppenheimer

In his feature film “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan made a unique casting choice, selecting his eldest daughter for a challenging role.

During an interview with the Telegraph, Nolan shared that his daughter, Flora, accompanied him and his wife, producer Emma Thomas, to the set while the movie was still in production. As he worked on the film, the idea to cast Flora in a particular role emerged: a nameless young woman whose face is afflicted by the devastation of a nuclear explosion occurring within the main character’s mind.

Flora Nolan in 2003
Flora Nolan in 2003

In describing the decision-making process, Nolan explained that they needed someone for a small part in an experimental and spontaneous sequence. The opportunity to involve Flora in the film unfolded organically, and he admired her willingness to embrace the role wholeheartedly.

Reflecting on the casting choice, Nolan acknowledged the unusual nature of the decision, revealing that it was a spontaneous and unplanned move without overanalyzing his own intentions.

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are parents to four children: Flora, Magnus, Oliver, and Rory. Flora has a previous credit in Nolan’s space-themed film, Interstellar, where she appeared as “Girl on Truck.” Currently, she is pursuing her studies at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.

Flora Nolan in Interstellar
Flora Nolan in Interstellar

The casting choice aligns with the overarching theme of “Oppenheimer,” according to Nolan. He elaborated, emphasizing that the creation of such devastating power inevitably leads to the destruction of those close to the wielder. To him, casting his daughter in that particular role served as a potent expression of this concept.

In a light-hearted moment, Nolan drew a comparison to Michael Powell’s 1960 horror classic “Peeping Tom.” He humorously pointed out the similarity between his decision and Powell’s casting of his own young son as the childhood version of a serial killer.

“Oppenheimer” delves into the historical narrative of the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II, led by J. Robert Oppenheimer and the U.S. military. The film boasts an impressive ensemble, featuring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and other renowned actors. Its epic-length promises to deliver a gripping cinematic experience.

The film stands as a monumental achievement, which comes as no surprise considering Nolan’s penchant for shooting on IMAX 70mm film. This choice imbues the picture with an astounding depth of detail that captivates the viewer, almost like an ocean of visual intricacies to immerse oneself in.

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Harry Bikul
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