When we first reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was locked into a spot in “The Dark Knight Rises” (exactly one month ago today), I spoke about how Anthony Michael Hall had been set for “The Dark Knight” and rumors ran rampant about which character he would play. It the end, it turned out to be sort of a mundane type of role.
With Gordon-Levitt, it appears we have seen a sequel to that plot. Initially, it was reported that he would be playing Alberto Falcone. Then, almost immediately, it was announced he was not playing that role. Wild speculation continued regarding which role he might play.
Today, Warner Bros. announced Gordon-Levitt will play “John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.” Not quite as flashy as some of the other rumors, but it likely will turn out to be a solid part for the actor.
In addition, 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.” Put this down as another case where earlier, flashier, rumors proved unfounded.
Here is the official press release:
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.
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.
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.
So what do you think? Are you excited or disappointed by these roles? Or are you just glad to have the rumors done with?
. . .
Follow Sean Gerski on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DoubleDown44.
And don’t forget to “Like” It’s Just Movies on Facebook at