Oppenheimer star Emily Blunt says cast will quit London premiere if SAG-AFTRA strike is called

The London premiere of Oppenheimer is underway – but not all stars will stay for the screening if SAG-AFTRA officially calls a strike today.

While walking the red carpet, star Emily Blunt made a wish to her fellow actors, who woke up to the news that a deal was not reached last night between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP.

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“I think right now we’re just sorting out…I hope everyone makes a fair deal and we’re here to celebrate this movie. And if they call it, we’ll go together as a cast in unity with everyone… We’re going to have to. We will have to. We’ll see what happens. Right now, it’s the joy of being together.

Also on the London red carpet, Matt Damon said the Hollywood strikes would be brutal for actors and his own production company, which shut down one of his company’s films.

Co-star Kenneth Branagh also weighed in:

Contract negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP broke down on Wednesday night. The guild’s national council was to meet this morning to formally approve the launch of a strike.

It will be the first actors’ strike against the film and television industry since 1980 and the first time actors and writers have struck at the same time since 1960, when Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild. Picketing is due to begin Friday morning.

The London premiere of Universal’s highly anticipated title Oppenheimer despite the threat of a strike.

Director Christopher Nolan was there along with fellow cast members Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett and James D’Arcy.

Nolan’s film is a biographical thriller about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who helped develop the first nuclear weapons on the Manhattan Project. It’s slated for a July 21 release via Universal Pictures and will go head-to-head with the Warner Bros. title. Discovery Barbie with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

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