In the summer of 2010, the runaway success of Christopher Nolan
gave hope to legions of moviegoers who feared that franchises would consume multiplexes and that original stories could no longer break through the cinematic landscape. Nolan rounded out his cast with such 21st-century icons as Leonardo DiCaprio
, Elliot Page
, and Tom Hardy
in the lead roles.
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If he’d made the movie way back in the 1980s — when sci-fi was all the rage, thanks to E.T.
, and movies set in the dreamscape had become popular, thanks to A Nightmare on Elm Street
— he might’ve cast these contemporary stars instead.