With the fearsome career momentum and directing carte blanche coming out of the shadows of The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan’s next, the mind bending spy thriller Inception, is a mystery.

The trailer shot of Paris folding in on itself was a visual slap in the face and I still gawp when I re-watch the trailer now, but other than the stellar ensemble cast of Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and Batman vets Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine joining lead man Leonardo DiCaprio there’s not much information floating around.

The L.A. Times sat down with the director to talk Inception and while it’s light on plot nuggets, some details of how Nolan came to Inception (a movie he calls his biggest challenge) are hinted at,

Is it an international thriller? A story of madness and lost love? Or Hollywood’s very first metaphysical heist movie? The answer is “all of the above,” according to writer-director Christopher Nolan

“I think we’ve put a lot of different things into the pot with this one…I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility…. We get to do that here, not just geographically but also in time and dimensions of reality as well. We get to make a movie that’s expansive, I suppose you’d say, in four dimensions.”

Producer and Nolan’s wife Emma Thomas talks about the scale of production, comparing it to the Batman sequel,

“Coming off of the ‘The Dark Knight,’ the only thing we really knew is that we wanted to do something more personal. It seemed like the right time to do this. The fact that it’s really just an enormous movie — that wasn’t ever really a factor in the decision. This story lends itself to a movie of this size.”

It’s a good, if brief, read and Nolan is editing now for a July 16th release. It’s going to be an exciting summer.