Seven new character posters were released today via Empire. What makes these especially exciting is that they each hint at what role the character will play in the film. Leonardo DiCaprio is The Extractor, Ken Watanabe is The Tourist, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is The Point Man, Marion Cotillard is The Shade, Ellen Page is The Architect, Tom Hardy is The Forger, and Cillian Murphy is The Mark.
For those unfamiliar with heist terminology, the “mark” is the target for the job. Page’s character, who was confirmed to be an architectural student in the third trailer, appears to be the architect for dream construction. Gordon-Levitt will be the muscle of the operation and a lookout, while DiCaprio will be responsible for actually retrieving the information. Tom Hardy is a forger, perhaps able to replicate and replace whatever it is that DiCaprio extracts from a mind. Cotillard’s title might be a spoiler for some, but for those of you who would like to learn more I’ll point you to the Wikipedia page for Shade. Watanabe as “The Tourist” is the big question mark for me. Could it have to do with him being the foreigner in the operation? Or relating to globetrotting aspect? And although a character poster for Michael Caine was not expected considering his small role, where does this leave Tom Berenger’s character?