Inland Empire
Character: Nikki Grace / Susan Blue
Directed by: David Lynch
Written by: David Lynch
Produced by: Laura Dern, Mary Sweeney
Other cast: Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Karolina Gruszka, Peter J. Lucas, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Julia Ormond
Release date: February 9, 2007 (Italy)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Running time: 3h

Nikki, an actress, takes on a role in a new film, and because her husband is very jealous, her co-star Devon gets a warning not to make any romantic overtures -- especially since the characters they play are having an affair. Both actors learn that the project is a remake of an unfinished film in which the stars were murdered.


→ A Woman In Trouble
→ A Story of a mystery…A mystery inside worlds within worlds…Unfolding around a woman…A woman in love and in trouble.


Stars Laura Dern and Justin Theroux have both said they have no idea what the film is about.

During a conversation between David Lynch and Laura Dern, Dern mentioned that her husband was from the Inland Empire (an area east of Los Angeles County, including Riverside and San Bernadino County). Lynch confesses he stopped listening to what she was saying because he loved the sound of the words “Inland Empire”, and finally decided on these words as the title of his movie because “I like the word inland. And I like the word empire.”

Laura Dern has said that the genesis of the whole project was a phone call from David Lynch saying: ‘Do you want to come and experiment?’


I figured one day I’d just wake up and and find out what the hell yesterday was all about. I’m not too keen on thinkin’ about tommorow. And today’s slipping by.

This is a story that happened yesterday. But I know it’s tomorrow.

All I see from this is blue tomorrows.