Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ — or what might be called ‘Inception’ lite — has found itself a boardwoman and a cop in Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The actors who previously teamed with ‘Dark Knight’ director Christopher Nolan are joining him again for the newest Batman film — the final chapter in the trilogy.


Cotillard, who won the lead actress Oscar in 2007 for ‘La Vie en Rose,’ will play Miranda Tate, a member of the Wayne Enterprises board. Tate is ‘eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his father’s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham,’ according to Variety.

Gordon-Levitt will join Gotham City’s rank-and-file police force as John Blake, ‘a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.’ He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2009 for his starring role in '(500) Days of Summer.’

The film, which stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, has also cast Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as the brutish villain Bane and Juno Temple as streetwise Gotham girl Holly Robinson. Hardy also worked with Nolan on ‘Inception,’ as did Michael Caine, who is back as Bruce’s butler, Alfred. And if you count Hathaway being superimposed into ‘Inception’ in the Academy Awards’ opening montage, it’s safe to say that this next film will be a bit of an ‘Inception’ reunion. Also reprising their roles in the series are Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as business manager/gadget wiz Lucius Fox and Nestor Carbonell as Gotham Mayor Anthony Garcia.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set for release July 20, 2012.

For the record, 7 p.m. April 19, 2011: This post originally said actress Juno Temple worked on ‘Inception.’ She did not. Thanks to commenter @blane for the catch.


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