Nolan Lets Inception Plot Details Slip

A still of Leonardo Dicaprio in Inception
A still of Leonardo Dicaprio in Inception

The LA Times have been talking to director Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT, MEMENTO) about his latest film, INCEPTION, which has so far been buried in secrecy. With only a few months until the film is released, and in the wake of two trailers, no one really seems to know what the plot for INCEPTION actually is. That is, until now.
Apparently the plot sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s (SHUTTER ISLAND, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) character Dom Cobb as, “a specialist in the new branch of corporate espionage — he’s a dream thief who plucks secrets from the minds of tycoons after pumping them full of drugs and hooking them up to a mysterious contraption”. From the sounds of this plot synopsis and based on the footage we’ve seen so far INCEPTION sounds like itcould be the world’s first existential heist movie. Nolan confirms his intent for the film in the following statement,

I originally wrote it as a heist movie, and heist movies traditionally are very deliberately superficial in emotional terms. They’re frivolous and glamorous, and there’s a sort of gloss and fun to it. I originally tried to write it that way, but when I came back to it I realized that — to me — that didn’t work for a film that relies so heavily on the idea of the interior state, the idea of dream and memory. I realized I needed to raise the emotional stakes.

These new pieces of information about INCEPTION only serve to further my excitement for the film, which looks to be yet another clever, visually stunning and psychologically dense offering from Nolan. We’ll know for sure when INCEPTION is released on the 16th of July this summer.

Inception theatrical release

Inception (2010)Warner Brothers releases this science fiction thriller from writer-director Christopher Nolan. Plot details have been kept under tight wrap, but the film is supposedly set within the “archtecture of the mind,” whatever that means. The poster’s tagline is “Your mind is the scene of the crime,” and advance word suggests the story is about a heist to steal technology that allows access into people’s dreams. Nolan has reassembled many of the behind-the-scenes collaborators who worked with him on THE DARK KNIGHT, so hopefully we will be seeing a film of similar quality.Leonardo DiCaptrio, Ken Watanabe, and Ellen Page lead the cast.

Nolan's Inception plot details gathers together various bits and pieces that have leaked regarding DARK KNIGHT director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming science fiction film, INCEPTION, which has been kept under a pretty tight lid for months. In particularly, a recent quote from Nolan seems to confirm plots details revealed in a report posted at InContention last year, which suggested that the film is about a heist to steal technology that allows access to other people’s dreams. Says Nolan:

“Basically the film deals with levels of reality, and perceptions of reality which is something I’m very interested in. Its an action film set in a contemporary world, but with a slight science-fiction bent to it. Cobb Leonardo DiCaprio’s character], who is the center of things and expert in a particular technology that the film revolves around, has put this team around him Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt. It’s very much an ensemble film structured somewhat as a heist movie. It’s an action adventure that spans the globe.”


Inception casting news

Variety reports that Warner Brothers is considering a trio of actors for supporting roles in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming science fiction opus, INCEPTION. Leonarado DiCaprio has already been set to star in what is being described as a “contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind.”

Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen page are in negotiations to fill out the cast. Murphy (who played the lead in Danny Boyle’s science fiction film SUNSHINE) previous appeared as Dr. Jonathane Crane (the Scarecrow) in Nolan’s two Batman films BATMAN BEGINS (2005) and THE DARK KNIGHT (2008).