After a great deal of speculation Warner Bros. today confirmed that Oscar winning actress Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be joining The Dark Knight Rises, and their characters have finally been revealed.
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.
On the casting Nolan said:
“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 turning into an Inception reunion of sorts, with Tom Hardy already cast as Bane. Over recent months there has been speculation that Cotillard would play Talia Al’Ghul, Ra’s al Ghul’s (Liam Neeson) daughter, but playing a board member suggests she may be more of a love interest (unless of course Miranda Tate isn’t just a cover for Talia Al’Ghul).
The Dark Knight Rises is set for release on July 20th, 2012 and will begin filming in Pittsburgh in May. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles alongside Anne Hathaway (Catwoman) and Tom Hardy (Bane).