Marion Cotillard cast in "The Dark Knight Rises,' reports Paris paper

marion-cotillard-getty.jpgFrench newspaper Le Parisian is reporting that Marion Cotillard has officially joined the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises," which is directed by her "Inception" director Christopher Nolan. Her rep tells THR that her casting in the film is "in discussions, but nothing has been confirmed yet."

As Cotillard is due to have a baby this spring, she would begin shooting in mid-June in London, film the rest of the summer in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, then wrap mid-November, in New York, says Le Parisian.

THR also reports that Nolan has been looking for a new love interest for Christian Bale's Batman for weeks, meeting with actress such as Kate Winslet, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts. Anne Hathaway has already been cast as the villainous Catwoman. Rumors are that this romantic lead would be Talia Al Ghul, who is the daughter of Henri Ducard, the villain played by Liam Neeson in the 2005 start of the trilogy "Batman Begins." Talia is a love interest for both Batman and Bane in the comics and is skilled in martial arts.

Between this and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's rumored casting as the Holiday Killer villain and Tom Hardy's casting as Bane, this is turning into quite the "Inception" reunion. And we're OK with that. How can we wedge Ellen Page in there somewhere?

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