Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's involvement in The Dark Knight Rises has been the worst kept secret in Hollywood over the past few months but it's nice to get official confirmation from Warner Bros today and indeed an official reveal of the roles they are playing. In an official press release, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is revealed to be playing John Blake, a Gotham cop who is part of Commissioner Gordon's new task force assigned to take down the Batman - which way back when he was first circling the movie was my first guess and also wish for who he might portray. Since then we've heard everything from Alberto Falcone to Black Mask to some people even thinking Robin, but cooler heads prevailed and we got there in the end. Intriguingly, Marion Cotillard will play Miranda Tate, "a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father's philanthropic endeavors for Gotham". YEAAAHHHH sure she is. I bet she's also the sexy and dangerous femme fatale who is revealed to be the daughter of Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul by film's end. Betcha. The Dark Knight Rises begins filming next month in Pittsburgh for a release July 20th, 2012. Christian Bale (Batman), Gary Oldman (Gordon), Michael Caine (Alfred), Anne Hathaway (Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Marion Cotillard (Talia Al Ghul), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (?), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Juno Temple (Holly Robinson?), Josh Pence (a young Ras in 30 years earlier flashback), Daniel Sunjata (cop for Gordon), Diego Klattenhoff (as a rookie cop) Burn Gorman (?) and Nestor Carbonell (Mayor of Gotham) seems to be how the cast is shaping up. Here's the press release;
BURBANK, Calif. - Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have joined the cast of The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend. 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. Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his fathers philanthropic endeavors for Gotham. Gordon-Levitt will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon. The film reunites the actors with Christopher Nolan, who recently directed them in the award-winning blockbuster Inception. The director stated, 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. Heading the cast of The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The main cast also includes Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as Bane. Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Christopher Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. The Dark Knight Rises is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.