Not long after Matthias Schweighöfer was announced to be joining the cast of director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming biopic Oppenheimer, it has been reported that Vikings and Westworld actor Gustaf Skarsgård has landed a role in the film.
Skarsgard will play Hans Bethe, a German-American nuclear physicist who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in physics and was tasked by Oppenheimer to head up the T (Theoretical) division of the Manhattan Project.
Skarsgard joins a cast that includes Nolan regular Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), as well as Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place Part II), Matt Damon (Stillwater), Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame), Florence Pugh (Black Widow), Rami Malek (No Time to Die), Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza), Dane DeHaan (Lisey’s Story), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, Dune), Louise Lombard (After We Collided), Jason Clarke (The Devil All The Time), Josh Peck (Drake & Josh), Matthias Schweighöfer (Army of the Dead), Emily Dumont (Licorice Pizza), Guy Burnet (Ray Donovan) and Danny Deferrari (Shiva Baby).
Oppenheimer is written by Nolan and is based upon the biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Murphy will portray Oppenheimer in the film, which charts the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.