'The Dark Knight Rises' Cast Continues to Grow

[caption id="attachment_45070" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Getty Images"]Daniel Sunjata[/caption]

Though Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" isn't slated for release until next summer (over a year from now), it seems that every casting announcement — no matter how ambiguous — throws Tinseltown into a tizzy.

The latest names to be tossed into the ring represent a trio of male actors who each bring their own color to the highly anticipated flick.

A the top of the list is the TV heartthrob Daniel Sunjata, who's best known for his starring role as Franco Rivera on "Rescue Me," but has also appeared on a variety of other shows including "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," Grey's Anatomy," "Sex and the City," and "The Bronx Is Burning."

Though nothing is official, word on the street is that Sunjata will play "a courageous special forces operative who will be vital to the story."

Next up is Diego Klattenhoff, from the hit series "Mercy," who has been offered the part of a rookie cop looking to make a difference, Variety reports.

And rounding out our trio is the character actor Burn Gorman, of "Layer Cake" fame, who is being pegged for an unidentified supporting role.

As the cast lines up, we can hardly imagine what tricks Nolan has up his sleeve for this round, but between now and July 2012, we'll have fun trying.