Nolan: "Inception Bigger Than Dark Knight."

Christopher Nolan has told The LA Times that Inception, his new reality-bending SF movie, is, "the biggest challenge I’ve taken on at this point."

The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, is described as a mix between The Matrix, Bond and Sigmund Freud.

“I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility," says Nolan. "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.”

“It’s something that we had been talking about on and off for seven or eight years," says Emma Thomas, producer of Inception and Nolan's wife. "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."

“We’re trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale – the biggest I’ve ever been involved with," continues Nolan. "We tried to make a very large-scale film with The Dark Knight and with this one we wanted to push that even further.”

Inception will be released in the UK on 16 July.