December 3rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET
Don't believe those rumors that the late Heath Ledger will be seen as the Joker in the next installment of the Batman saga, "The Dark Knight Rises." Filmmaker Christopher Nolan and his wife/producing partner Emma Thomas both deny that the deceased actor will be involved.
Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008 – just six months before his heralded turn as "The Dark Knight's" twisted Joker arrived in theaters.
Blogs have been abuzz that Nolan was planning to insert unused footage of Ledger into the blockbuster film's follow up, but the director and Thomas have dismissed those claims to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I heard the rumor. We’re not doing that," said Thomas.
Nolan backed her denial and added that the script for "The Dark Knight Rises" isn't done yet and that Ledger's work as the Joker should be contained to the 2008 flick.
Meanwhile, as Marquee previously reported, Nolan has said that "The Dark Knight Rises," which is due in theaters in July 2012, will be his final Batman movie.
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