Updates on Chris Nolan's Inception

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While many of us have been trying to decipher the plot of Chris Nolan's Inception, few details about the upcoming sci-fi/thriller have actually come to light. Besides the fact that this is a movie "from the director of The Dark Knight" with Leonardo DiCaprio in the starring role, people hardly know what to expect. Not even the teaser trailer helped all that much.

During various press tours and interviews with the cast and director, a few Inception details have started to spill over the last few months; now we're collecting them here to share.

Most of this information that follows was actually hunted down and first collected by our good friends over at /Film - so be sure to thank them for keeping you up to speed on this labyrinthine film that is Inception.We've simply added a few choice details, in case you missed them.

  • In an upcoming issue of Empire Magazine, Chris Nolan mentions that he was only 16 when he came up with the concept for Inception.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio recently told the website that Inception's runtime is about two hours long.
  • The Playlist has highlighted a new quote from Nolan, which confirms an exclusive rumor broken last summer by In Contention regarding Inception's plot.

New Inception images featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Here's the new quote from 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.”

Speaking of the story that In Contention broke last year, here are some rumored details about the characters being played by the supporting cast. WARNING, these could be considered MINOR SPOILERS, even though they are still RUMORS at this point. As stated by In Contention:

Ellen Page will play Ariadne, a young college student studying in Paris who is a part of Cobb’s team (along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur and Tom Hardy’s Eames).  Cobb’s team actually “creates” the dreams and Ariadne is an “architect” of the them.  She engineers them.

Cillian Murphy stars as Fischer, a business-type who is soon to become the head of a company.  Cobb’s team is attempting to insert an idea into Fischer’s mind to compel him to separate the company into two smaller companies.  The reasoning for this is unclear on my end.

Ken Watanabe plays Saito, a character blackmailing Cobb.  For what reason and to what extreme, I do not know.

If you want to know more about these rumored plot details of Inception, then head on over to In Contention.

This movie still sounds really interesting to me and with Nolan behind it I'm sure there are going to be twists, turns and plenty of heady ideas we're left to think about at the end. However, in terms of actual, factual, confirmed details about the movie? Well, at this point not even DiCaprio can explain for sure what Nolan has in store for us. But then that's half the fun of a Chris Nolan movie.

Inception will be in theaters on July 16, 2010

Sources: /Film, The Playlist,, Empire Magazine & In Contention

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