April 20th, 2011
02:04 PM ET
Following weeks of whispers that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the Riddler in "The Dark Knight Rises," director Christopher Nolan is finally giving a definitive answer.
Instead of the Riddler, Gordon-Levitt has actually been cast as a Gotham City cop, with his "Inception" co-star Marion Cotillard also signing on as an employee of Bruce Wayne's corporation.
According to a press release, Cotillard will play Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help Bruce Wayne resume his slain father’s philanthropic efforts in Gotham City.
Gordon-Levitt, meanwhile, will portray beat cop John Blake, who is assigned to special duty under Commissioner Gordon's command.
"When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience," says Nolan, who directed the actors in "Inception." "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," which stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, and "Inception's" Tom Hardy as Bane, is slated for release on July 20, 2012.
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