UPDATE (3.21.11): Dave Karger is reporting via Entertainment Weekly that although Joseph Gordon-Levitt will appear in The Dark Knight Rises, he wont be playing the role of Alberto Falcone — as we reported below. Time to begin to speculating… again?
Jeff Sneider over at Variety broke a story Friday evening claiming Joseph Gordon-Levitt had finally been locked to star in The Dark Knight Rises. This was an unofficial confirmation of an article from February by Deadline saying the young actor had been in talks for a mystery role. Now Variety has revealed that (after weeks of quiet negations) Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Alberto Falcone. Jeff says this comes from ‘inside sources’ and that he ran this by Warner Bros. before breaking the story, so make what you will of what that means. Speculation had run amok on the internet for weeks about who actor would play, and some people seemingly guessed right. Falcone is the son of Mafia boss Carmine Falcone, who was wonderfully portrayed by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins. He is also known as The Holiday Killer, a villain with a complex story in the comics.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will join fellow Inception cast mates Tom Hardy and Michael Caine, along with Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and others for The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20, 2012.