Caine confirmed in small role in ‘Inception,’ Gordon-Levitt also joins the cast

Posted by · 9:09 am · April 24th, 2009

Michael CaineI just got off the phone with Michael Caine for a piece I’ll have up momentarily concerning his rather striking performance in John Crowley’s “Is Anybody There?,” but while I had him cornered I thought I should ask him point blank about his potentially staring in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” a rumor that’s been bouncing around unconfirmed as of late.  As it turns out, Caine will be in the film, albeit in a very small role.  Here’s what he had to say specifically:

I have a little part in it, yes.  Just a tiny part.  Chris and I are very good friends so I’ll do that little part.  I think I’ll work about three days.  It’ll be extraordinary, wait until you see this one.  I think if I say another word he’s going to kill me!

Also officially joining the cast today is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stepping in for James Franco (who had scheduling conflicts).  Here’s The Hollywood Reporter on that news:

A veil of secrecy exists over loglines, though the project, which Nolan also wrote, is described as a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within “the architecture of the mind.”

It is known that Gordon-Levitt is taking the role to have been played by James Franco, who bowed out over scheduling issues. He would play an associate of DiCaprio’s character, a CEO-type.

The cast sure is filling out nicely.  But I’m just…dying to know what the heck this movie is about.  “Set within the architecture of the mind” isn’t cutting it for me anymore, and now I have Michael friggin’ Caine telling me “it’ll bee extraordinary.”  The last time he went on the record regarding a Nolan film, an Oscar resulted.  Aggggh!  Maybe I should take a lead from J.J. Abrams and patiently wait for what’s coming to me.

Keep an eye out later today or over the weekend for that interview.

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33 responses so far

  • 1 4-24-2009 at 9:29 am

    Szyszka X said...

    Gordon-Levitt = Ledger’s Joker replacement ?

  • 2 4-24-2009 at 10:26 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    ” I got the money! I got the power!”

    Haha. I can’t stand Gordon-Levitt, but Nolan is about as close to a sure thing as one can get in Hollywood.

  • 3 4-24-2009 at 10:29 am

    aaron said...

    man, *everyone* will be buzzing about this since gordon-levitt’s name has been tossed around on the intertr0n as a replacement for ledger ever since tdk came out. i hope the nolans decide not to have the joker come back (out of respect, really). gordon-levitt does resemble ledger and he does have the potential chops to pull off a faithful impression of ledger’s work, but just let it go. if anything, he (or dicaprio) should be a new villain in the third batman film.

  • 4 4-24-2009 at 10:37 am

    adam said...

    Hmm. 3 days of shooting. Isn’t that like 3 minutes on screen?

    I don’t see how them looking the same is importnat.

    Nolan replaced Katie Holmes with Maggie and they don’t look like eachother.

    I doubt Nolan would have the Joker in the 3rd film anyway.

  • 5 4-24-2009 at 2:41 pm

    Adam said...

    You guys sure do love the bat talk. For this film, I really can’t wait, besides Page, what a group.

  • 6 4-24-2009 at 4:16 pm

    Sam said...

    Proceed at your own peril

  • 7 4-24-2009 at 8:52 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...


  • 8 4-25-2009 at 10:44 am

    /3rtfu11 said...


  • 9 4-25-2009 at 11:00 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 10 4-25-2009 at 11:46 am

    Speaking English said...

    The problem is this post says it has 17 replies…


  • 11 4-25-2009 at 1:00 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    ^^ okay I’m not alone or going crazy.

  • 12 4-25-2009 at 3:47 pm

    Sam said...

    Maybe there are some comments awaiting moderation…

  • 13 4-25-2009 at 9:02 pm

    Chris said...

    It would be a perfect cast if Ellen Page weren’t involved.

  • 14 4-25-2009 at 9:53 pm

    Sam said...

    I disagree. Besides being annoying in Juno (Diablo Cody’s writing made it impossible for her not to be annoying), she was superb in Hard Candy. She can do serious very well.

  • 15 4-26-2009 at 12:21 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ah, I see. It’s actually tabulating the amount of trackbacks (people linking to this post) and figuring them into the comments total. But I set it so the trackbacks don’t show up here and interrupt the conversation. I’ve never figured out how to keep them from figuring into the comment total though.

  • 16 4-26-2009 at 5:43 am

    Sam said...

    I think Christopher Nolan should ditch the third Batman and keep making lots of interesting movies like this one….there really is no need for a Dark Knight sequel.

  • 17 4-26-2009 at 9:24 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I like Ellen Page.

    If Nolan doesn’t make another Batman it’ll be carrying on a tradition of directors only getting two chances at Batman.

  • 18 4-26-2009 at 12:15 pm

    chad said...

    I like the sound of this cast but of course, Nolan can have anyone he wants. I’m not sold on it yet though since I’m not crazy about Nolan’s work.