After months of rumors and speculation, “The Dark Knight Rises” has officially named two more members to its already-impressive cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. Both actors have long been assumed to have joined Christopher Nolan’s third highly anticipated “Batman” film, but were not confirmed in an official capacity.
According to the announcement from Warner Bros., Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon. Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.
Curiously enough, both characters are brand-new to the world of the Caped Crusader: They did not appear in the DC comic upon which the film and character are based.
Nolan, who worked with Gordon-Levitt and Cotillard on last summer’s blockbuster “Inception,” said about the film’s new additions, “When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience. I immediately thought of them for the roles of Miranda and Blake, and I am looking forward to working with both of them again.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” is set to begin production soon in Pittsburgh, a departure from Chicago, the setting used for Gotham in Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” Gordon-Levitt and Cotillard join recently added actors Diego Klattenhoff, Daniel Sunjata, Ben Gorman, Josh Pence and Juno Temple, in addition to fellow “Batman” newcomers Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy.
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