Watanabe and Hardy Join Nolan’s Inception

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Ken Watanabe and Tom Hardy will star in Christopher Nolan’s Inception for Warner Bros. Pictures, says Variety.

The story, which Nolan wrote, is a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind. Watanabe will play the film’s villain, a man who is blackmailing the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Hardy is a member of DiCaprio’s team.

The duo join a cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard.

Watanabe previously starred in Nolan’s Batman Begins.

Nolan and the studio are aiming for a summer shoot for a targeted release date of July 16, 2010.