The Los Angeles Times has published the first photo from Christopher Nolan's Inception.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's <strong><em>Inception</em></strong>

Opening in theaters July 16th, Inception is a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind. Nolan wrote the original screenplay for Warner Bros.

The key part of the premise is corporate espionage by way of dream invasion, but motives and even reality are slippery in a film that toys with perception as its travels through time and space. The crew covered a lot of territory too, filming in six countries. "This is the biggest challenge I've taken on to this point," Nolan says. "We're trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale -- the biggest I've ever been involved with. 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 stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy and Michael Caine.