The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan is a fan of taking audiences to different locations around the world, having shot segments of the previous Batman films in England, Iceland and Hong Kong. Now reports suggest the director will be heading to India in the near future with a small crew and Christian Bale.
From The Times of Indian:
The director will be in Jodhpur to shoot “The Dark Knight Rises” with none other than Christian Bale. However, no other Hollywood actors from the film will be part of this shooting schedule in India.
Incidentally, Nolan had come down to India in December to scout for locations in Jodhpur. That was when he chose to shoot in Jodhpur’s Mehrangar Fort. The main crew will start arriving from May 1. Christian Bale is expected to arrive in India on May 4 or May 5. Though permissions have been sought for shooting the film for the whole of May, the unit will shoot in India for only two days – May 6 and May 7.
Incidentally, hotels in Jaipur and Jodhpur have been booked for the crew. Says a source, “Nolan had scouted locations in both Jodhpur and Jaipur. But, he fell in love with Jodhpur and decided to return to film here. They are coming with a very small unit of around 15 people and will be shooting here for two days. There are no Bollywood actors being cast in the movie. But, local actors and crew members might be roped in. The unit wants to use the beautiful fort as the background for the movie. However, nothing is known yet whether Jodhpur will feature as an Indian city in the movie or not.”
Casting and speculation thus far suggests The League of Shadows will be part of the storyline in The Dark Knight Rises, so Jodhpur’s Mehrangar Fort would serve as one heck of a base for them. The League of Shadows were the group of vigilante ninjas led by Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) in Batman Begins.
The Dark Knight Rises is set for release on July 20th, 2012. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles alongside Anne Hathaway (Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.)