Warner Bros. sent out a press release earlier this afternoon confirming what we’ve all been speculating about for some time now: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard have been cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Websites and fanboys alike have been trying to predict which roles the actors will play in the much anticipated last chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman universe, but it shouldn’t be much surprise that everybody was seemingly wrong. Now worries though — this afternoon’s press release reveals the roles the two will play:
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 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.”
So now we know. Can we officially put the Talia al Ghul and Alberto Falcone rumors to rest? Maybe. JGL and Cotillard will be joining Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Cane, and many more when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters next summer on July 20.